ExCeL London to offset all visitor travel to The Meetings Show

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Yeoh Soon Hin, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy for Penang opened the show The Meetings Show 2022

ExCeL London is to offset all travel emissions generated by visitors attending The Meeting Show as part of its commitment to sustainability and London Climate Action Week.

Hosted by Northstar Meetings Group from 29 – 30 June, The Meetings Show marks its landmark 10th edition this year with approximately 5,000 delegates in attendance and keynote speakers including the likes of Sebastian Coe.

During the two-day event, ExCeL is using an independent, third-party organisation to interview around 10 per cent of attendees to ascertain their primary mode of transport when travelling to and from the event. Then, using official government carbon conversion factors, the team will then estimate total visitor emissions and the carbon impact generated. This figure will then be offset using Gold Standard carbon credits, a globally recognised, traceable programme supporting Verified Emission Reduction projects.

Natalie Sykes, ExCeL’s sustainability manager who led the project, said: “Having recently signed the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge and been awarded the Sustainability Triple Crown for reducing our carbon footprint, our ESG Programme is an area we are very proud of here at ExCeL. With this week being London Climate Action Week, and with ExCeL hosting the flagship event Reset Connect, we wanted to do something impactful for The Meetings Show, especially with sustainability so high on the events industry’s agenda right now.”

She added: “With our electricity being 100 per cent renewable and ExCeL having a zero waste-to-landfill policy, we hope this year’s Meetings Show has been the greenest yet and the start of many more initiatives ExCeL has planned over the coming years.”  

In addition, last month the ExCeL team offset its travel emissions from attending IMEX Frankfurt by investing in a school cookstoves project in Uganda, again via the Gold Standard carbon credits scheme.

For more information on ExCeL’s sustainability policy visit here. For further details on The Meetings Show click here

 

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