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Informa events from Euroforum Germany go Carbon Neutral

24 Sep 2012 12:38

  • Green energy supply since 1st January 2012
  • Compensation for 752 tonnes of CO2
  • Investment in two Gold Standard projects
  • Eight Euroforum events are carbon neutral, two more to follow
  • Head office, business travel and car fleet are also carbon neutral

Euroforum Germany, an Informa events business and a leading conference producer in the German-speaking arena, is leading their industry in carbon neutrality. Its operations have used green energy since January 2012, they have installed modern lighting technology and are mindful of contractors’ sustainability strategies.

What’s more, the business’ own CO2 emissions are neutralised for the year through investments in four proven climate protection projects. CO2 emitted by Euroforum’s Düsseldorf office block, employees’ business travel and its car fleet are all taken into consideration, totalling a compensation of 752 tonnes of C02.

In addition, in the coming year, Euroforum will turn two of its biggest annual conferences carbon neutral: The Handelsblatt energy industry conference as well as the Municipal Utilities conference, which produce 160 tonnes of C02. In the 1st half of 2012, eight Euroforum events have been made carbon neutral.

Green Energy from Turkey and Ovens for Africa

‘Together with our climate partner, Klimainvest, we have identified four interesting projects, two of which are Gold Standard. We will be investing in Turkey in green energy from wind power and are supporting east African inland Uganda in a project. Through the installation of efficient ovens, we will be facilitating a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. Additionally, the air quality has in turn improved, incidences of carbon monoxide poisoning amongst women and girls has reduced and the reduction in wood needed for the ovens means that they are protecting their forest resources,” explains Claudia Buettner, Euroforum’s CR Leader.

“It was important to us that Gold Standard projects were also included in the portfolio, so we are not only neutralising our CO2 emissions and helping the climate and the environment, but we are also supporting business and improving the population’s social situations.” More information about the projects can be found at: http://bit.ly/pr-wind and http://bit.ly/pr-biomasse

Klimainvest’s Director, Jobst Jenckel, says, “Companies like Euroforum, who willingly seek certification and neutralise their emissions, are trailblazers in their industries. As a partner in their climate efforts, we are happy to be working with such a progressive company and together initiate new projects”.

Gold Standard Background Information

The Gold Standard foundation is a Swiss organisation that was founded on the initiative of about 50 NGOs and the WWF, with the aim of auditing climate protection projects. Every Gold Standard project must comply with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) strict standards and feature additional environmental and social benefits. The Gold Standard set of requirements is seen as one of the strictest worldwide.