Making an event ‘CO2 neutral’ is similar to making an organization ‘CO2 neutral’. The first step is to calculate the footprint of the event by identifying all sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Major emissions sources include travel to the host city, local transportation, energy consumed by the event venue and the preparation of the meals. Once all emissions sources associated with the event are identified, strategies for reducing these emissions are devised.
Then, we offset our emissions through a project that benefits the vulnerable groups
Once energy conservation and emission reduction strategies are implemented, emissions that cannot be further reduced are offset. To achieve ‘CO2 neutral’ status, events can support certified climate project, such as CO2logic’s project in Uganda that distributes efficient cooking stoves to reduce wood consumption. This helps to lower deforestation and reduce toxic fumes, while enabling local families to have effective and functional cooking methods.
Finally, we engage event participants to do their bit to protect our climate
By holding a low-carbon event, organizers want to raise awareness of climate change issues and actions that can be taken to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions. This is an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and to inspire participants to choose low-carbon options in their own lives, as well as saving money through measures such as reducing energy consumption.