There are many initiatives and practices to follow when planning a sustainable event. Mostly it is a matter of common sense. One thing you do not have to worry about, is whether you have chosen the right destination. Copenhagen is a frontrunner when it comes to adopting sustainable solutions and the city has one of the world's most ambitious climate policies - making it almost impossible not to adopt sustainable practices for your next event.
In 2018, Wonderful Copenhagen launched its 'Tourism for good'-strategy with new and high goals for future tourism. The ambition for 2030 is that tourism in Greater Copenhagen positively impacts local and global sustainable development. Keep scrolling, and let us inspire you with sustainable initiatives for your event, and help us keep Copenhagen a green city for events and conferences.
#1 Travel sustainably
Encourage participants to travel sustainably to the conference and in between venues. Whenever possible promote public transport.
Have you considered a green menu? Go vegetarian - or even vegan. Let meat be an option for those who want it.
Make sustainability a natural part of your event. Include your participants, and let them know how they can contribute.
What happens with everything that is brought into the venue? Can you donate leftovers? Do you even need it in the first place?
Have you thought about diversity at your event? Can you do anything to enhance gender distribution among speakers?
Have an appointed employee in charge of enhancing sustainability.
In 2019, a new metro line is launched in Copenhagen, making the city more interconnected than ever before. Going by train has never been more easy! In less than 15 minutes, the metro will take you directly from city center to the airport.
Encourage your participants to go by bike. Copenhagen is the world's most bike-friendly city. Most Copenhageners commute daily by bike and consider it the fastest way to get around the city.
Avoiding to fly is the best way of reducing emissions from transportation. Encourage your participants to minimise their distances flown or to fly directly to the destination without layovers. Additionally, many flight operators allow passengers to compensate by offsetting carbon emissions.
Recycling is the key to a sustainable set up!
Choosing vegetarian - or even vegan - menus is an easy way of reducing Co2 emission with minimum effort.
Make your catering even more sustainable by choosing locally produced food, coffee & beverages. Also consider buying fairtrade and organic where appropriate.
Avoid food waste, for instance by donating left overs to local shelters or charity organizations.
Drink it from the tap - Denmark has some of the worlds cleanest tap water. Provide your guests with water in jugs or reusable glass bottles.
Replacing any plastic drinking vessels and plates with reusable tableware will reduce your plastic consumption significantly.
Many materials used during events are easy to reuse. Recollect your displays, banners & name tags for next time, and save both time, money and ressources.
Most of your participants will be glad to contribute. Make it easy and convenient for them to sort their waste during the event.
Pick a venue that is conveniently located. Is all venues and events close to where your participants will be staying? Provide your participants with information on public transport, bike rentals - or simply suggest a walk-n-talk!
Does your chosen venue have an environmental strategy and clear environmental objectives? More importantly - does it have the means to achieve them?
Does the company possess plants for the use of renewable energy, such as solar plants, wind energy, bio-fuels or soil heating? Are low energy bulbs used wherever possible?
Is recycling and eco-friendliness at heart of your chosen venue? Do they collect rainwater? Are detergents, soap, toilet paper and other products eco-labeled? Even the smallest initiatives can contribute to great environmental improvements.
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