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Corporates support COP26 Commitments

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Members of the meeting at the Scottish Event Campus; photo credit: ICE

Corporate event organisers have pledged their support for the event industry’s framework on climate change, which was agreed at the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November 2021. As well as representatives from the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), JMIC (Joint Industry Meetings Council) and the Scottish Event Campus, ICE (in-house Corporate Events) presented the voice of the corporate buyer. Anita Howard, founder and CEO of ICE was joined by Stephanie DuBois, Operations Director, SAP, and five other representatives from the organisations’ community.

The aim of the meeting was to set in place a framework for the events industry to better measure, manage and set goals for more sustainable events; its inclusion as part of the official COP26 program should underline the importance of the discussion and add further credibility to its findings.

The next steps for the Net Zero Carbon in Events initiative is to develop a detailed roadmap on how the targets can be achieved. ICE will be forming a Corporate Planner Sustainability Task Force which will feed into the UNFCCC & JMIC plan.

The meeting took place at COP’26 at the Scottish Event Campus, on 10 November 2021. ICE is also encouraging #eventproffs to share their own little sustainable ideas here to help change the C02 emissions from events.

“Transparancy will be crucial,” said Anita Howard. “This is a group where measurement has moved up the agenda at the same speed as sustainability; they need action and proof points that show their businesses how events can positively contribute to their businesses own sustainable goals.”

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