Here are some of the steps we took in this direction for ECCMID 2021, and more will be announced in the following weeks.
Venue - The Messe Wien is certified with the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings & Green Events.
In accordance with this certification, Messe Wien draws its attention to choose products and services in order to minimize the impact on the environment. To this end, Messe Wien is also collaborating with suppliers and contractors that follow the same objectives. The catering service at the conference in fact will be provided by certified activities, which are also committed to sustainable practices.
Recyclable bins will be available in the whole area of the Conference, so that participants can always separate their trash.
Messe Wien is also accessing high-quality drinkable tap water; therefore, delegates will have the possibility to refill during the day their own bottles using the two drinking fountains available inside the venue, avoiding excessive use of plastic bottles.
Stand building – A-booth is active in applying sustainable practices in its business, like the use of sustainable materials in their stands.
Gadgets – Lanyards, congress bags and pens will be the ones from 2020 that could not be used. Our congress bags are made of recycled textiles, while pens are made of recycled bottles. We will also collect all the promotional material that participants will not keep and donate it.
Reducing print – In the past years, we have progressively decreased the amount of flyer printing. In 2021, we aim at further reducing it. All the necessary information will be available to the participants through QR codes and on our app and website. The printed Programme Book will be available only for participants who request it in advance. The complete programme will be available online and on our congress app for everyone.
Reducing food waste – The leftover food from the catering service will be donated to charitable organizations and not be trashed.
Environmental protection and mobility – We try to support environmentally friendly arrival and departure of participants. ECCMID participants will receive free tickets for Vienna public transport for the whole duration of the Congress.
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 us at eccmid[at]escmid.org.