The guidelines of the Green Meeting Guide 2009 have been applied to maximise the benefits that the ICLEI European Convention will bring to the community and to minimise the negative impacts on the environment.
Organised events that bring many people together can often be a valuable opportunity for awareness-raising, learning and creating a new culture of caring for natural, social and financial resources. However, these same events pose significant problems for local natural resources, (e.g. energy, water), environment (e.g. caused by emissions, waste, soil degradation) and the community.
To assist organisers and hosts of small - to medium-sized meetings in greening their events, ICLEI, in cooperation with UNEP, has developed the Green Meeting Guide 2009. The guide is available in English and Spanish. It will soon be complimented by a guide on greening of medium- and big-size events.
What is a green event?
As described in the guide, a green event is one organised in such a way that:
- emissions of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, are minimised, and unavoidable emissions are compensated for,
- natural resource consumption (including water and energy) is minimised and demand is adapted to the available local resources,
- waste generation is avoided where possible and remaining waste is reused and/or recycled, biodiversity, water, air and soil resources are protected,
- minimal environmental damage is caused while preparing and implementing the meeting, the local community benefits economically, socially and environmentally both during and after the meeting,
- with local sustainable development encouraged to the extent achievable, the above principles are applied in purchasing goods and services for the meeting,
- the selection of the venue, and transportation, catering and accommodation arrangements,
- the awareness of participants, staff service providers and the local community in sustainability issues is increased, with the greening aims and measures clearly communicated to all,
- local hosts, regional and national authorities, sponsors, citizens groups, NGOs, business and technical experts are involved to the extent possible in order to comply with and support the above-stated principles.
BOZAR committed to sustainability
The Centre of Fine Arts is working on three initiatives to improve sustainability:
1. Green energy: The BOZAR adheres to the voluntary public procurement criteria of the “Régie des Bâtiments”, the leading partner of the Belgian government on real estate. Moreover, BOZAR is supplied by 100% green electricity and gas.
2. Collaboration with Fedesco: Fedesco is the governmental agency that facilitates and finances energy efficient projects in public buildings. This agency is assisting BOZAR in developing a new guide for energy efficient maintenance of the building. It will also launch a public awareness campaign targeting BOZAR users from September.
3. Collaboration with the Institut Eco-Conseil de Namur: This institute will delegate an assistant who will work with BOZAR to embed sustainable development criteria in the core values and mission of the fine arts palace. This assistant will also launch “Eco-Dinamic Enterprise Label” (LEED) and in the frame of this label, will also create a “BOZAR eco-team”.