You may have seen the depressing news about the earth’s inevitable decline as time passes; a recent article by The Guardian suggests that “the world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.”
Major and critical steps have been taken by different countries to combat the greenhouse emissions. World Bank states that 2.01 billion tonnes of solid waste was accumulated throughout the world’s cities in 2016. The garbage that heads to landfills release methane gas, one of the greenhouse gases that affect climate change.Amidst the devastating news, the European Parliament recently announced the remarkable initiative to completely ban “a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution”, as shared by BBC, and Vienna is definitely aboard the save-the-environment train and has set an example to follow.
If you’re planner looking at working with one of the convention centers in Vienna, rest assured there are programs in place to host a sustainable meeting. The Austrian Center Vienna (ACV), the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, and the Hofburg Vienna all work closely with their employees, vendors, and partners to ensure all standards are met.
The Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB), as well as the ACV, the Messe, and the Hofburg, have upped their sustainability efforts and encouraged having a Green Meeting. But what does it mean to have a Green Meeting? VCB describes it as one that is “characterized by greater energy efficiency, waste avoidance and an environmentally friendly arrival and departure of the guests.” At the end of the day, the efforts promote savings and cost reduction for meeting planners.
Working hand-in-hand with their client, the ACV makes having a Green Meeting official through agreements with the parties involved to follow suit on avoiding disposable cutlery and crockery, and in using recycled materials.
The Messe Wien highlights the use of electricity from renewable energies, as well as energy efficient event technology and environmentally friendly methods of cleaning.
The Hofburg details their different initiatives including their catering partners not using paper napkins, the use of glass bottles verses paper/plastic, coming up with presentable and elegantly-designed paper bags the use of plastic bags, and something as simple as consciously collecting delegate badges post-event.
With these steps in place and the rise of awareness in sustainability, there’s hope that most, if not all, future meetings work towards being green. When sourcing for a destination, give Vienna a look! It is definitely a city to look at as a model in taking grand measures to keeping our earth safe.