Gothenburg is a world leader within sustainable meetings and the greenest hotel city in the world!
The Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index compares cities to determine how well they meet a long list of sustainability criteria in four different categories: social, supplier, convention bureau and environmental. The GDS-index was created to help Destinations, Convention Bureaus, Event Planners and Suppliers drive the adoption and recognition of sustainable practices in their city and in the global events industry. In 2016 Gothenburg scored first place in the GDS, ahead of several well-known conference destinations, with a score of 83 out of a possible 100.
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The venue – Svenska Mässan
When choosing the venue Svenska Mässan we feel confident that the ECOC event will live up to our sustainability standards. For Svenska Mässan the work on sustainability goes back several years and is under constant development. The venue is certified according to ISO 20121. Read about Svenska Mässan and Sustainability here >>
ECOC Conference 2017 is working in accordance with the environmental diploma, the Swedish Environmental Base “Svensk Miljöbas”, and are aiming to be certified when the conference starts. Read more about the certification here >>
– Working towards ECOC Conference becoming environmentally certified is both gratifying and important. We also hope that all delegates and visitors who come to ECOC 2017 will help us to live up to the environmental goals that we are aiming to fulfill, says Per O Andersson, General Chair of ECOC 2017.
ECOC efforts to reduce carbon footprint / Environmental policy
Green meetings are based on a sustainability framework which balances environmental, economic and social impacts in context of an Association’s business needs.
The conference is working towards having limited impact on the environment through careful consumption of energy and resources. This includes amongst other things to electronically circulating meeting materials, online file sharing, not produce unnecessary conference material and products and if so choose environmental friendly and social friendly products as well as providing healthy food and hosting meetings and social events in central locations. Although hosting an entirely sustainable meeting does take work, it’s worth the effort, and implementing some environmentally friendly practices can make a positive impact and generates sustainable solutions.
These guidelines are provided for coordinators, committees and contractors to the Conference and aim to educate and inspire continued mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. These guidelines will be continually evaluated as technologies and mitigation options continue to change.
ECOC Conference 2017 Sustainability Vision
Setting the tone as a leading conference in the industry, ECOC 2017 local arranging organisation recognises that we have a responsibility to preserve the environment and will endeavor to perform environmental management based on a good balance between environmental conservation and business development.
We will also proactively disseminate information and proposals to the public in order to contribute to the realisation and expansion of a sustainable society, as a good corporate citizen.
We hope and think that the ECOC Conference 2017 will inspire to a sustainable focus on organizing this event in the future as well.