EAS Goes Green - Part 3: Carbon Offset

EAS Goes Green - Part 3: Carbon Offset

Be green, share and co-create good practices for a common sustainable future

The business events division of visit.brussels’ purpose is to develop the range of choices and opportunities in Brussels for conferences, trade shows, meetings and events. Our values are tied around the DNA and the attributes of the city and its region, and sustainability is integrated into our practices.

At visit.brussels we realise that our activities of promoting business tourism do have environmental, social and economic impacts. In order to address this challenge, we take responsibility to mitigate the negative impacts and leverage the positive impacts of our events. Our plan to achieve this includes the dedication of specific resources, encourage our main stakeholders to adopt sound sustainability practices.

Our commitment for the European Association Summit 2019 (EAS 2019)

The goal of the team is to lead by example and to create an event model in which our stakeholders become aware of the environment in which we live, and are inspired to adopt more responsible behaviours in their everyday lives.          

A responsible way to fight climate change and protect our planet is the carbon offsetting. Carbon offsetting is a way to reduce your own emissions. This helps both to combat climate change and to protect local communities.

What is a Carbon Offset?

A Carbon offset is a way to compensate for your emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere. Our everyday actions, at home and at work, consume energy and produce carbon emissions, such as driving, flying and heating buildings.

Carbon offsets are typically measured in tonnes of CO2-equivalents (or CO2e) and are bought and sold through a number of international brokers, online retailers and trading platforms.

Many of the carbon offsetting projects also provide wider benefits in addition to carbon reduction, such as biodiversity, education, jobs, food security and heath & well-being in developing countries.   

How to Offset

Carbon offsetting is easy:

  1. Calculate / measure your carbon footprint
    (for example here: https://www.terrapass.com/carbon-footprint-calculator)    
  2. Start reducing your carbon emissions
  3. Compensate for remaining or unavoidable carbon emissions through high-quality carbon offset projects.

Why should we opt for the offsetting?

Offsetting provides a mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the most cost-effective and economically-efficient manner. Offsetting plays a vital role in combating climate change, but if done in isolation it is not the solution. 

At visit.brussels, our belief is that climate change can be tackled if individuals, businesses and government organizations all take responsible action to REDUCE our CO2 emissions as much as possible and then offset the remaining unavoidable emissions.

Which project we support?

Many types of activities can generate carbon offsets. For this reason, with the European Association Summit 2019 we decided to compensate the carbon emissions produced by the entire event (transport of speakers, attendees, production of suppliers etc).

We pledge to offset the carbon emissions linked to the event and we would like to contribute to it. With the money raised, we will make a donation to the Sun for Schools organization.

Sun for Schools is a green solution that assists schools with the installation, maintenance and 100% financing for their green energy production. Additionally, they engage the community and increase awareness among the future generations about the environmental challenges. The three main goals are to reduce the school’s environmental impact, save money on their electricity bills starting year one and mobilize and inspire the next generation on new ways to live sustainably. 

 

EAS 2019 is Green and Easy!

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