All conferences have a negative impact on the environment derived, for example, from the participants' travel and conference documentation, the use of air conditioning, meals, accommodation, the materials used for the exhibition, etc.
Conferences consume natural resources, generate waste, pollute the air and contribute to climate change.
We are all responsible for both climate change and environmental degradation in general. Our habits, which have helped to degrade the environment, can also help to slow down its decline, improve it and, ultimately, enhance our quality of life.
The Velo-city 2011 organisation wants to call on all its participants and collaborators to help us make this an environmentally-friendly Conference.
We intend to reduce the ecological impact of Velo-city 2011 by mainstreaming sustainability-based criteria.
The organisation has decided to take action as follows:
- Using jugs of tap water instead of bottles of mineral water.
- Minimising the use of plants for decorative purposes.
- Increasing the use of digital documentation.
- Choosing local suppliers.
- Minimising the use of disposable items.
- Choosing healthy catering options.
- Using bicycle couriers (Bici-express).
- Using chlorine-free, recycled paper.
- Reducing the size of brochures and other publications.
- Using paper on both sides, reusing paper only used on one side and using draft printing mode.
- Adjusting the use of printed material and minimising the need for it.
- Promoting the event largely via the Internet.
- Enabling online registration.
- Providing bicycles and information about cycle tracks in Seville.
- Controlling merchandising activities. The production will be adjusted to the number of attendants and the products will be durable and useful.
- The folder provided to participants can be used after the conference.
- The notebook is made from recycled paper and cardboard.
- The pen given to participants is made from corn starch.
- Participant credentials are made from biocard®, a completely biodegradable material, pursuant to European Directive EC 94/62.
- The cord is made from corn tissue and is not printed or dyed.
Attendants are invited to:
- Use public transport and bicycles.
- Avoid using cars and use buses or trains to travel to Seville.
- Avoid air travel. If necessary, choose the shortest route and the most direct flights, tourist class and aircraft such as A380s and B787s; they make a more efficient use of fuel and have lower emission rates per passenger.
- Prefer the most sustainable options and give priority to sustainable over
- Avoid the use of disposable objects and materials.
- Use paper on both sides.
- Minimise and separate waste.
- Only collect printed information that is absolutely necessary.
- Reduce paper consumption, reuse when possible and recycle.
- Switch the lights off in empty rooms.
- Ask your hotel not to change your sheets and towels every day.
- Minimise your energy, water and paper requirements.
- Use recycled materials.
- Reuse materials.
- Separate waste.
- Minimise brochures and other printed material.
- Minimise packaging, reuse it and use recycled materials.
- Try and avoid sending materials by air mail.
- Use reusable stands and promote their use by identifying posters.
We invite all participants to make their own individual compensations to the following organisation:
The Velo-city 2011 organisation will be plating 600 trees along a municipal road as a compensatory measure of CO2 emissions.