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Stand Out Magazine article - Events industry presents 'Net Zero Carbon Events' pledge at COP26

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Leaders from the global events industry presented a united pledge and roadmap for a net zero carbon future for events at the UN Climate Climate Change Conference (COP26). Industry leaders from SAP, UFI, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management), Informa Markets, eSkootr Championship (eSC), Freeman, Raccoon Events, and Scottish Events Campus were live on stage in Glasgow to represent and demonstrate the commitment of the events industry community to fight climate change.

Together, the leaders launched an official “Net Zero Carbon Events” pledge. In total, 109 businesses from around the world have committed to taking action.

Signatories commit to:

  • Publish their organisation’s pathway to achieve net zero by 2050, at the latest, with an interim target in line with the Paris Agreement’s requirement to reduce global GHG emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 – before the end of 2023.
  • Collaborate with partners, suppliers and customers to drive change across the value chain.
  • Measure and track Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions according to industry best practice.
  • Report on progress every two years, at a minimum.

The pledge presented today (November 10) was developed through a broad industry collaboration hosted by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), a global trade body, with the guidance and support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and with representatives from across the sector. It is the practical starting point for the work that needs to be done in our sector.

The session can be viewed here.