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Our sustainability measures

The conference

The conference is dedicated to minimising its environmental footprint by adopting careful practices in energy and resource consumption. Our commitment encompasses the electronic circulation of meeting and marketing materials, a conscious decision to avoid unnecessary physical conference materials, and the selection of environmentally and socially responsible products. Additionally, we prioritise hosting meetings and social events in central locations, ensuring accessibility for as many delegates as possible. 

Some of the things CIPS does:

  • Printed materials are kept to a minimum. We will not be printing a conference guide.  The full conference proceedings can be found on the digital platform.
  • All marketing materials promoting the event are produced electronically.
  • Conference registration is entirely online, and booking confirmations are electronic.
  • Conference delegate badges made of paper (FSC certified) and no plastic badge wallets are used.
  • We reuse conference lanyards where possible.
  • We are working with sponsors and exhibitors to minimise materials they, or delegates, dispose of whilst at the conference.
  • We will not supply single-use plastic water bottles.
  • We are using reusable crockery instead of disposable coffee cups at the conference

Some of the things you can do, as a delegate:

  • The venue is located in the city centre  – walk and explore the city, use public transportation or the city bikes instead of taking taxis.
  • Calculate your carbon footprint using the WWF environmental footprint calculator. Whether you’re able to attend or not, it’s a great tool for tracking your impact on the planet and learning about what changes you can make to limit it.
  • Please make sure to deposit your lanyard and badge in the reuse boxes provided at conference registration.
  • Please follow the waste separation instructions at the venue.
  • Be thoughtful about all conference-related printing that you do and aim to reduce this where possible.
  • Pens and paper will not be provided to delegates to encourage the re-use of both paper and pens. Delegates should bring notepads made from scrap paper.
  • Send fewer emails – research commissioned by OVO Energy in 2019 found that if each UK adult sent just one less ‘thank you’ email a day, it would save over 16,433 tonnes of carbon a year – the same as 81,152 flights to Madrid or taking 3,334 diesel cars off the road.

The QEII Centre

The QEII has received Green Tourism and ECOsmart Gold awards, reflecting its wide-ranging commitment to sustainability across all aspects.

These accreditations provide an indication of progress and advice for future advancements in the following areas: • Reducing energy use • Saving water • Efficient & eco-friendly waste disposal • Ethical buying • Staying local & seasonal • Minimising food miles • Promoting biodiversity • Adopting a smart, sustainable outlook from top to bottom

  • Wherever possible using energy efficient catering equipment
  • Reducing food waste by only buying what is needed
  • Sourcing seasonal and local produce wherever possible
  • Eliminating single use plastic throughout the Centre including straws, cups and bottles
  • Resealable and recyclable aluminium cans have replaced plastic bottles
  • Incorporate local seasonal produce into their menus, which minimises the overall food miles and ensures that they know the origin and route to market of all the products they use.
  • Seafood comes from certified sustainable sources
  • Coffee and tea are Fairtrade
  • One Water mineral water, all the profits of which go to funding better access to clean water in Africa.
  • Reducing waste through reusing and recycling
  • Using biodegradable cleaning products
  • All tissues and paper towels are made from recycled paper
  • Smart taps reduce water consumption
  • Reducing packaging where possible e.g. milk served in jugs and containers (eliminating usage of thousands of single use plastic items)
  • Supporting local charities by providing donations of goods e.g. Wrap Up London
  • Partnered with BeesMax a not-for-profit organisation, who have installed a hive of 10,000 bees in the fourth floor garden area to help them reverse the decline of the UK bee population.
  • All new fittings, furnishings and installations are as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible
  • Whenever feasible, procuring from local suppliers that provide environmentally friendly goods and services
  • Monitoring of water and energy usage on an annual basis
  • Motion sensitive lighting is used in the building
  • LED lighting in place throughout the Centre
  • Reduction of Carbon footprint 

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