In recognition of the environmental implications of hosting a large market event, the WCSFP is committed to doing our part to minimize our environmental footprint and impact.
Below are some of the ways that Congress '22 has committed to being an environmental partner.
This year's venue is the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), a campus dedicated to achieving a net zero strategy by 2030 including water efficiency programs, green travel, supply chain engagement and waste management.
Food & Beverage
This year's food and beverage program at the SEC will be locally sourced with 80% from Scottish producers, 50% being plant-forward, and 70% of meat, dairy and vegetables from regenerative agriculture. Wherever possible, food will be served on china, glass and/or biodegradable materials instead of disposable materials.
Also, recognizing the significant food waste generated by sporadic uptake on the final day of Congress (December 1), members will have a lunch break with restaurant recommendations for the surrounding area.
Bring Your Reusable Water Bottles
Stay hydrated at this year's Congress by bringing your own reusable water bottle. Water stations with limited recyclable cups will be available throughout the venue. All members are encouraged to do their part by bringing their own reusable water bottle.
Digital Exhibitor Booths
While there are a limited number of exhibitor booths on site, partners have been encouraged to take advantage of our Swapcard app and event platform by sharing resources, promotions and information through digital exhibitor booths.
Digital vs. Printed Materials
Each year, Congress reduces its printed materials by opting for digital options wherever possible. To aid members in their Congress experience, a limited member guide has been printed with full details and resources available through the Swapcard app and event platform.
The Buzzies: Green Impact of the Year Award
Congress celebrates environmental partners in the industry with our annual award for Green Impact of the Year. Each year, the award honours a media organization that has made significant changes to reduce its impact on the environment or shifted public attitudes or policies on the environment.
Accommodations & Travel
WCSFP is pleased to offer members discounts at five hotels all within walking distance of the Congress '22 event venue. We also encourage members to minimize their carbon footprint by taking the train when possible, or make use of carbon offset programs for air travel.
As we continue to plan this year's Congress and future editions, WCSFP will look for additional opportunities to decrease our environmental impact. If you know a partner that would like to help support Congress in green initiatives, please contact conference director Paul Lewis at [email protected].