Gothenburg is the most sustainable meeting destination in the world according to the Global Destination Sustainability Index 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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.
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The venue – Svenska Mässan
When choosing the venue Svenska Mässan we feel confident that IASSIST 2021 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 >>
IASSIST 2020 efforts to reduce carbon footprint / Environmental policy
Green meetings are based on a sustainability framework which balances environmental, economic and social impacts in the context of an Association’s business needs.
The conference is working towards having a 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 socially 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.
We hope and think that IASSIST 2021 will inspire to a sustainable focus on organizing this event in the future as well.