ECTS goes Green
The ECTS is aware of the environmental impact of holding a large congress, and is working closely with its suppliers and staff to ensure that environmentally friendly policies are in place. For the Lisbon congress the ECTS has made the following “green” arrangements.
Lisbon – Green Initiatives
The ECTS prefers working with congress centres that have sustainability high on their priority list. The congress venue for 2013 in Lisbon, the Lisboa Congress Centre has a sustainability focus moving forwards. Having recently undertaken a refurbishment of areas of their centre they have recycled carpets and signage banners into notebooks and bags. They also operate a considerate waste management programme.
ECTS is committed to ensuring that printing is kept to a minimum and that promotional methods focus more on the website to reduce the amount of waste paper. The Final programme book will be printed on recyclable paper, all printing stations will contain recyclable paper and all flyers handed out by the ECTS will be on recyclable paper. Abstracts will be made available online and on a CD-ROM. The abstract book will not be made available to everyone but delegates have the opportunity to purchase a copy. This way printing of the abstract book will be kept to a minimum. The abstract book will be printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.
The ECTS encourages delegates to use public transport and walking where possible (avoid driving).
Find out more about local transport here
Conference Materials – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
When sourcing all materials associated with the conference, ECTS follows the rule - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This includes: delegate bags, promotional items, paper, programme books, abstract books, stationary, badges.
When sourcing materials, we consider sourcing locally produced items to avoid associated impacts of transportation.
We encourage delegates to offset their travel-related carbon impacts associated with the conference, and recommend The Carbon Catalogue as a list of carbon offset providers (www.carboncatalog.org),which calculates individual delegates’ carbon footprint of attending the conference. Delegates can then donate the off-set amount to a chosen project.