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Net Zero Carbon Events to launch roadmap at COP27

Net Zero Carbon Events to launch roadmap at COP27

Net Zero Carbon Events will be launching its roadmap for the events industry at COP27 at Sharm El- Sheikh in Egypt on 11 November – Decarbonisation Day.

James Rees, president of the Joint Meetings Industry Council, which is co-ordinating and hosting the campaign for the industry worldwide, announced the start of Phase 2 and provided a progress update to contributors and supporters at IMEX America recently.

He reported that the initiative had developed well since its inception last year. The number of supporting organisations has risen from 21 in September 2021 to 409 in September this year.

Twenty-four supporting partners, including exhibition and event organisers, service providers, associations, convention bureaux and venues, are now financial contributors.

Some 225 operators have signed the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge since its launch at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, committing to publish before the end of 2023 their organisation’s pathway to achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest, with an interim target to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.

Industry wide support

The roadmap to be published at COP27 has been produced following a survey and two rounds of consultation. It will include a document of more than 80 pages with comprehensive information on how to implement action to achieve net zero, and a 20-page executive summary.

As at COP26, the launch is being arranged with the support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and contributors and supporters will shortly be invited to attend the launch either in person or online.

For Phase 3 of the campaign, helping to deliver the roadmap, eight workstreams have been identified and 42 representatives from 32 organisations have already registered to participate.

To continue to build awareness and momentum, a communications campaign, with the theme – Route to Net Zero Events – has started and includes frequent social media posts.

Rees said: “Globally, there is an urgent need to accelerate the transition towards global net-zero emissions. The events industry can and should play its part in helping to deliver the goals of the Paris Agreement. That’s why the Net Zero Carbon Events initiative was set up.

“It is open to all organisations involved in events and they can join the initiative at any time. Registration is free of charge, but financial contributions are crucial to developing the campaign."

Contact Alex Alles, executive director of JMIC at jmic@themeetingsindustry.org or visit https://netzerocarbonevents.org/funding-opportunities/ for further information.

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