In the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, the global events industry has adopted a "Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge" to commit actors in the sector to targets aligned with the Paris Climate Accord.
The pledge has wide-ranging industry support, with members of the entire events industry supply chain involved in developing and executing the plans. On November 10, 2021, leaders from across different parts of the industry will be live at COP26 to introduce the pledge and the broad industry commitment.
To date, more than 150 businesses from across the sector and all regions of the world are registered supporters. They commit to publish before the end of 2023 their organisation's pathway to achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest, with an interim target in line with the Paris Agreement's requirement to reduce global GHG emissions by 50% by 2030. Additionally, they commit to collaborate with partners, suppliers and customers to drive change across the value chain and measure and track scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions according to industry best practice. Progress has to be reported at least every two years.
Events industry leaders taking part in the COP26 session
- Stephanie Dubois, head of event operations, SAP
- Kai Hattendorf, CEO, UFI
- Monica Lee-Müller, managing director, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Charlie McCurdy, CEO, Informa Markets
- Miguel Alejandro Naranjo Gonzalez, programme officer, UNFCCC secretariat
- Cristina Pace, chair of the Sustainability Working Group, eSkootr Championship (eSC)
- Bob Priest-Heck, CEO, Freeman
- Mike Seaman, CEO, Raccoon Events
- Alan Steel, president and CEO, New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (Javits Center)
- Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales, Scottish Events Campus
- Barbara Weizsäcker, secretary general, European Major Exhibition Centres Association