Getting started on climate neutral events

Hands-on guideline by “Net Zero Carbon Events” initiative


The “Net Zero Carbon Events” initiative has published a new guide to climate-neutral events. This "Quick guide to getting started" is aimed at event professionals from all sectors - from organizers to venues and service providers to destinations.

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The guide provides practical tips for taking the first steps toward climate neutral business events. The nine topics include, for example, taking stock of one's own carbon footprint or looking at other companies’ best practices.

The guide’s authors point out that many of the initial tips are focused on internal communications and engagement, rather than immediate carbon reduction activities. They recommend getting the right level of buy-in from the right stakeholders as this is critical to the ongoing success of any net-zero or emissions reduction programme: “Once the right people are on board, specific activities can be designed and undertaken.”

"Net Zero Carbon Events" was officially launched on November 10, 2021, at the World Climate Summit in Glasgow and also a few hours later at IMEX America in Las Vegas. Prior to this, more than 100 stakeholders had developed the commitment with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat (Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and under the auspices of JMIC (Joint Meetings Industry Council).

The GCB German Convention Bureau has been a supporter of the initiative from the very beginning. For further information, please visit

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