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Green ECCMID


We are aware of the environmental impact that an event like ECCMID has on our planet, in terms of use of resources and energy as well as on waste production. Pretending we can make such an event sustainable would be presemptuous. However, sustainability is important to us and we greatly consider it when organising ECCMID. Every year, we keep making as many changes as possible to reduce waste and CO2 emission, because all together these small but important steps help us to achieve an eco-friendlier event. You can find below a description of the changes we implemented for ECCMID 2023 so far and how you can contribute to it.

 

We are conscious that there is still much work to do and we would be glad to receive your ideas on how to improve. Please do not hesitate to contact Mélinda Müller at melinda.mueller[at]escmid.org.

 


Stand building and temporary constructions     

 

A-booth is in charge of building stands and temporary constructions. This company is active in applying sustainable practices in its business, like the use of sustainable materials in their stands, such as sustainable aluminium. Over the years, we plan to reuse material from previous ECCMIDs as much as possible. For instance, the photo booth, post card station, brochure rack and most of the TV studio furniture will be built reusing the material from last year. Moreover, for temporary structures like the prayer room, the clock room and the material desk, we chose the reusable shell scheme system.

 

Carpet is usually installed everywhere in the venue to cover the floor made of concrete, but we consider it an avoidable waste. Therefore, during ECCMID 2023, carpets will be used in essential areas only, achieving a reduction of carpets’ use of 68%. 

 

Water stations

 

Bring your own bottle and refill it at our free water stations!

Water stations will be available in the venue to provide free fresh water to all ECCMID participants. To avoid the use of plastic, no disposable cups will be available. Therefore, participants are welcome to bring their own bottle and refill them at these water stations. Upon request, sponsored durable water bottle can also be collected in the congress.

 

Waste recycling

 

Help us sorting waste properly!

ECCMID 2023 expects more than 10’000 participants. To minimise the total unrecycled waste generated by such an amount of people, recycling bins will be situated at strategic locations in the venue to encourage participants to recycle their waste. Taking into account the different cultural background of the participants, information on the correct way of sorting and recycling in Copenhagen will be displayed on the bins.

 

Lanyards

 

Surplus of lanyards is usually thrown away at the end of congresses, as there is no interest from companies to recycle them, resulting in a consequent amount of unrecyclable waste. For our congress, the decision was taken already since ECCMID 2022 not to create new unique ECCMID lanyards every year, but to use ESCMID-branded lanyards that can be reused indefinitely. Participants can also choose to give their lanyard a second life by disposing it at the end of the Congress in a distinctive recycling box for it found at the exit.

 

Reducing print

 

Get all updated information digitaly!

In the past years, we have progressively decreased the amount of printed material. In 2023, we aim at further reducing it. In fact, we decided to not print the congress’ Programme Book. The complete and continuously updated scientific programme will be accessible online as PDF document to download and on our congress app.

Furthermore, we are not printing any new flyers to advertise our society’s activities. We will keep distributing the remaining ones that are still up to date, until we become fully paperless. Delegates will find all the news and necessary information through QR codes available throughout the venue and on our app, website and social media.

If participants prefer to receive this information per email, the ESCMID team is at your disposal at all time.

 

Environmental protection and mobility

 

Free public transport use!

We try to support environmentally friendly arrival and departure of participants within the city. ECCMID participants will receive free tickets for Copenhagen public transport for the whole duration of the Congress.

 

Session about sustainability

 

Join us on Saturday, 15 April 2023 from 12:15 until 13:15, in Arena 3!

ECCMID 2023 will feature an open forum session entitled "There is no planet B: sustainability in ID/CM". This session aims to provide an overview of the impact that conferences, healthcare, and laboratories have on climate change and CO2 emission. It may serve as a starting point to raise awareness, initiate further discussions and find solution on how to decarbonize ID/CM.