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Mice Net : December 2008
sustainability carbon dealing with STORY BY AdAm Beck, ARup Carbon neutral events don’t have to be all hot air, as adam beck explains. emitted and some detail on a renewable energy program I was supporting to offset my emissions. Yes, I felt a good deed had been done. However, as I sat in the front row hoping that my keynote speakers would keep to time, I started melting under a ceiling littered with incandescent light bulbs. Generating more heat than light, I peered up at the lights and wondered why the most basic opportunity for reducing carbon emissions had not been taken. This was a five-star hotel in the Brisbane CBD, priding themselves on being one of the first in the nation to provide carbon neutral event packages. All hot air? Well let’s look at it in a bit more detail. Carbon neutral refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset. Technically, as in my experience above, you don’t have to try and reduce your emissions in the first instance to be ‘carbon neutral’. Claims as to carbon neutrality are currently very difficult to verify, as there is a diverse range of standards as to how carbon footprints or the effectiveness of offsets are to be measured. The result is I recently became the proud owner of a carbon neutral event certificate. It was all very professional. It was personalised for my event (that I helped organise), it had my name, date, tonnes that claims as to the environmental benefits of certain products and services may be misleading to consumers who are trying to reduce their own carbon footprint. The ACCC is also concerned that companies may make claims as to carbon neutrality that are simply false, and clearly in breach of the Trade Practices Act. My advice is that being in an industry with such an extensive supply chain, we should start asking each other questions before we purchase. Does the organisation have an environmental or sustainability policy? If it is offering carbon neutral products or services, have they defined their carbon footprint? Do they have a carbon mitigation strategy that seeks to reduce their emissions (for example, replacing all incandescent light bulbs) before they offset the residual? If you get a ‘no’ to any of the above three questions, you need to really ask yourself – “are these guys serious about reducing carbon emissions?” This article on sustainable event management is the third in a series by Adam Beck, a sustainability associate with Arup, one of the world’s leading design and business consultancy firms who have focused on delivering sustainable projects for more than 60 years. Contact email@example.com. Discover an Australian icon, the Australian Institute of Sport, a unique and distinct venue where champions are created, world records are broken and expectations are exceeded. Inspire and motivate your guests by staging a record-breaking event at the AIS. From team building for ten to a gala dinner for 1200, the AIS is the perfect destination for you. (02) 6214 7137 firstname.lastname@example.org ausport.gov.au/events 44 mice.net Discover the champion within! The Australian Institute of Sport is a division of the Australian Sports Commission. AI 31985