ICCA’s new initiative to move events towards net zero carbon emissions

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has launched a new initiative to connect the events industry globally to the rapidly growing movement towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Net Zero Carbon Events aims to bring together a wide range of industry stakeholders to jointly communicate the industry’s commitment to tackling climate change; develop common methodologies for measuring the industry’s direct, indirect and supply chain greenhouse gas emissions; construct an industry-wide roadmap towards net zero by 2050, and emissions reductions by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement; foster collaboration with suppliers and customers; and establish common mechanisms for reporting progress and sharing best practice.

Supported by the UNFCCC and hosted by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), the initiative aims to have a pledge ready for COP26 when world leaders meet in Glasgow this November to present how their countries will achieve the 50 per cent reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 in order to deliver on the Paris Agreement.

“ICCA is committed to driving sustainable development within the meetings industry and our global membership,” said James Rees, ICCA’s president.

“We are proud to be a part of such an initiative which is becoming more important than ever and through collaborative effort with our JMIC partners, we look forward to playing a very active role in developing and implementing sustainable event strategies that are of the highest standards.”