Easyfairs signs pledge for “Net Zero Carbon Events”

The pledge commits organisations to achieve “net zero” by 2050, at the latest, and halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Brussels, November 10th 2021 – Easyfairs is proud to announce that it has signed the “Net Zero Carbon Events” pledge, a joint commitment across the events and meetings industry to achieve the targets laid out in the Paris Climate Accord.

The “Net Zero Carbon Events“ pledge is the result of global collaboration throughout the events industry. Over recent months, facilitated by the “Joint Meetings Industry Council” (JMIC), more than one hundred stakeholders from across the sector drafted and finalised this commitment with the support of UNFCCC Secretariat (United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change). The pledge was presented at the Global Climate Summit COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 10. At the time of launch, there were more than 100 signatories, making this the most global and inclusive collaborative action tackling the challenges of climate change within the events sector.

Easyfairs is pleased to be joining this initiative, as it will be through continued collaborative work throughout the events sector that we will be able to make swift and essential progress towards reducing the overall carbon footprint of events.

Anne Lafère, Easyfairs Group COO, comments “At Easyfairs, we have put in place some CSR initiatives to help us making responsible choices and a positive contribution to the society in which we live. Signing this Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge is a key step towards reducing the environmental footprint of our events and venues and we strongly believe that we can achieve more in fighting the climate change when joining forces with other stakeholders from the events industry than at an individual level.”

The commitments of the pledge are aligned with the targets of the Paris Climate Accord.

By signing the pledge, Easyfairs is committing to publish our 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% by 2030. This work has to be concluded by the end of 2023. Easyfairs also will collaborate with partners, suppliers and customers to drive change across the value chain. To track the progress towards the targets, Easyfairs will measure and track its emissions of Greenhouse Gases according to industry best practice. Finally, Easyfairs will report on its progress at least every two years.

The Net Zero Carbon Events initiative brings together a wide range of event industry stakeholders to:

  • Jointly communicate the industry’s commitment to tackling climate change and driving towards net zero by 2050
  • Develop common methodologies for measuring the industry’s direct, indirect and supply chain greenhouse gas emissions
  • Construct an industry-wide Roadmap towards net zero by 2050, and emissions reductions by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement and climate science, with support and guidance on key issues
  • Foster collaboration with suppliers and customers to ensure alignment and common approaches
  • Establish common mechanisms for reporting progress and sharing best practice.

The next step of the “Net Zero Carbon Events” initiative is to develop the roadmap which will support the objectives outlined in the pledge.
More information about the initiative at http://www.netzerocarbonevents.org

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About Easyfairs

Easyfairs organises and hosts events that bring communities together to visit the future.

We currently organise 200 face-to-face events in 14 countries (Algeria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) and manage eight event venues in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden (Antwerp, Ghent, Mechelen-Brussels North, Namur, Gorinchem, Hardenberg, Malmö and Stockholm).

We are passionate about “easifying” the life of our customers and increasing the return on investment and return on time for professional communities through our all-in formulas, advanced technology and customer-centric approach. Our digital features and initiatives provide these communities with excellent opportunities to network effectively and do business throughout the year. We listen carefully to create compelling online formats that meet their constantly evolving needs. The Easyfairs Group employs 600 highly committed talents, deploys the best marketing and technology tools, and develops brands with a strong appeal to our stakeholder communities.

In 2018 Easyfairs was named Belgium’s “Entrepreneur of the Year®” and earned recognition as a Deloitte “Best Managed Company” and a “Great Place to Work”. For the third year running, Deloitte conferred “Best Managed Company” status on Easyfairs in 2021. The company is ranked 17th in the list of the world’s leading exhibition companies.

Visit the future with Easyfairs and find out more on www.easyfairsgroup.com.

For further information, please contact:

Eric Everard
Group CEO
eric.everard@easyfairs.com 

Anne Lafère
 Group COO
anne.lafere@easyfairs.com

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