Your contribution to a green event
As ICLEI ethos states, our aim is to minimise the impacts of our events on the environment. This area provides participants with information and tips about how participants can contribute to a greener event!
All participants should be aware that a 45 EUR carbon offsetting fee is included in the conference fee. This is an average fee based on expected participation from the different world regions.
The money collected will be halved in two CO2 reduction projects:
Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF) Forests
Aiming to reconstitute and reforest the Icelandic Birch Forests. These forests used to be the dominant ecosystem in the island, however only 1% currently remains in Iceland.
TBA - A project yet to be chosen in a developing country.
Tips for a greener flight
Although there are many obvious reasons why travellers cannot properly reduce a plane's emissions. There are, however, a number of steps that may be taken to reduce waste and our factors influencing carbon footprint, while making a trip more pleasant.
Light travelling is not only more comfortable for passengers, but also less fuel-intensive for the plane.
Reducing waste and/or pollution during the journey
- Using public transport or car sharing to come to the airport;
- Using reusable liquid/food containers
For example - bringing coffee in a reusable travel-mug will avoid having to use the usual coffee/tea Styrofoam cup;
- Decline the cup airlines might provide you with the bottle or can of beverage they usually give;
- Eating home-made snacks and food while in the plane tends to be healthier and much nicer, in addition to using less aluminium and plastics for packaging;
- Recycling in the bags provided by the plane or airport (such as bottles, paper, cardboard, etc…)
Reduce water consumption
Book a direct flight if possible
Direct flights emit less CO2 as the taking off and landing are the most fuel-intensive.
Travel in Economy class
Space in the plane will be used more efficiently, with less energy and emissions produced per passenger.