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2 October 2024

CONVENE 4 CLIMATE, Barcelona, Spain

It’s challenging to know what the future will bring; however, we know we can be part of a solution for a better society. We must create a platform to bring focus to Business Events and together with adjacent industries find solutions needed to protect our tomorrow. PCMA together with the Strategic Alliance of National Convention…

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From German Convention Bureau: PCMA and The Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe (SANCBE) today announced Convene 4 Climate, the global business events industry’s inaugural sustainability conference, will be open to curated participation in a workshop-based environment. This exclusive gathering, 2-3 October in Barcelona, aims to drive responsibility, harness the power of…

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Climate Conversations and the Road to Net Zero

From Net Zero Carbon Events: For World Earth Day, we’re sharing this podcast with Mike Fletcher and Paul Cook, who chat with Shawna McKinley about her work documenting events in Canada that have been impacted by changing and unpredictable weather patterns. From her home in North Vancouver, Shawna advises a better understanding of event insurance…

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Mission Innovation – A Story of Hydrogen and Conference Power!

From SFA Connect: Mission Innovation, a workshop on hydrogen energy and the national gas grid, was held in Chester, UK in 2019. This event brought together experts from across the world, to share best practice and combine ideas on how to overcome challenges within the energy industry. Participants represented governments, industry and the research community…

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Hosting Impactful Events: Insights from Wellington’s Climate Experts

From AMI: With climate innovation a focus across all industry sectors in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, it means organisers can find a wealth of forward-thinking ideas and experts to support their events. New Zealand is well-known for its environmental focus from every angle, ranked 5th in the world for its climate change readiness. And it’s…

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National Tourism Organizations and Climate Change

From Tourism Geographies, Research Article by Stefan Gössling et al: There is a consensus that the global tourism system needs to undergo decarbonization and achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. However, given the anticipated growth in the most energy-intensive subsector of tourism, air transport, achieving this goal seems unlikely. This paper focuses on the role of…

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7 March 2024

Certificate in Regenerative Destination Management, Online

In this course, you will be taken on a 4-month journey to explore and develop a new mindset leveraging the latest in regenerative systems thinking. You will investigate and learn about new regenerative business models, destination stewardship approaches and stakeholder engagement methodologies that enable DMOs to catalyse investment, generate jobs, develop knowledge, equitably distribute prosperity,…

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Business Events Benefit from New Zealand’s Focus on Climate Action

From Conference & Meetings World: New Zealand is strengthening its reputation as it puts climate action, science and innovation at the top of its agenda. And it’s proving attractive for associations bringing their conferences to its capital city, Wellington. The country has a master plan to deliver a productive, sustainable and inclusive future through tackling…

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ICCA & Destination Canada Explore Sustainability Best Practices

From Conference & Meetings World: At a joint webinar on 18 January, ICCA and Destination Canada presented a survey on the integration of sustainability into business events. The survey explored how associations and their event partners are engaging with sustainability, highlighting the integral role sustainability plays in the issuing and actioning of Request For Proposals…

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ICCA & Destination Canada International Sustainability Report

From ICCA: This study draws on data collected in the period between the beginning of July and early September of 2023. A total of 248 responses were received globally across all geographic regions, providing a nuanced picture of the status of our industry regarding international meetings and focusing on the efforts in event and destination…

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Next Steps Towards Net Zero

From CMW: On 11 December 2023 at ExCeL London, the Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE) initiative published seven best practice guidance documents for the events industry. Launched in 2021 following COP26, one of the initiative’s goals is to provide resources that aid the international events industry in developing and implementing their net zero plans. The…

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COP28 Delivers Consensus in Dubai to Accelerate Climate Action

By CMW: On 13 December, COP28 concluded with an agreement by 198 Parties to deliver a new era of climate action. The Parties agreed on a text named The UAE Consensus, that sets out a climate agenda to keep 1.5°C within reach. The UAE Consensus calls on Parties to transition away from fossil fuels to…

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How ‘ESG’ Came to Mean Everything and Nothing

From BBC: “ESG” was supposed to be a clear way for companies to explain their business decisions around environmental, social and governance considerations. How did the term go off the rails? In 2015, Paris was buzzing with anticipation as world leaders gathered for the UN’s annual Climate Change Conference (COP21). After weeks of intense debate,…

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Recognizing Associations Creating a Positive Impact

From Skift Meetings: While serving water from a paper box, using cutlery made from bamboo or digitizing materials impacts the amount of event waste created, the overall challenge of reducing the carbon footprint of events remains. Ultimately, associations can make a more significant impact by supporting organizations committed to sustainability and promoting social responsibility initiatives….

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How Innovate Canada 2023 Achieved Carbon Neutrality in Waterloo Region

From Explore Waterloo: Innovate Canada, one of Destination Canada’s signature business events, reached a major milestone this past spring becoming the organization’s first carbon neutral event. Achieved in collaboration with the Explore Waterloo Region, this cemented Destination Canada’s business event sustainability commitments and dedication to taking a regenerative approach to tourism more broadly.

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Choosing Sustainability: 5 Criteria for Selecting Responsible Venues

From Boardroom: 2023 has seen record-breaking temperatures and the alarming increase of extreme weather events across our planet. Sustainability can no longer simply be considered as a nice-to-have option, but as an essential core value that should help drive the ethos of any sector of activity, including the business events industry. Furthermore, sustainability should be…

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Brazil Hosts the Amazon Nations in Bid to Save Rainforest

The eight South American countries that share the Amazon met in Brazil on August 8th to outline a conservation strategy for the sprawling rainforest. The two-day summit, held in the city of Belém, marks the first time the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) has gathered in 12 years. From Quartz…

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Kai Hattendorf Shares Thoughts on Net Zero Carbon Events Progress

With more than 500 signatories and supporters all starting to report their footprint and taking steps to reduce their impact, the united efforts so far to drive down waste across the global exhibitions industry have been “pretty damn impressive” says Kai Hattendorf, CEO of UFI. From Exhibition World…

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Net Zero Carbon Events Initiative Well on Track with Phase 3

It all started with the idea that the meetings industry needs to contribute to the planet’s sustainable development first and foremost by addressing its worse enemy: carbon emissions. The Net Zero Carbon Events initiative has since made great strides in linking all relevant stakeholders towards a common strategy to tackle climate change… From Boardroom…

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