PI adopts BS8901 for EMEC

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is aiming to make its European Meetings & Events Conference BS8901 compliant as it seeks to reduce its environmental impact. The annual educational conference, being held at London Excel on 18-20 April, will be the first time MPI has adopted the sustainability standard. The trade body intends minimising the event’s negative social and environmental impacts by using local food, composting waste through use of Excel’s wormery, recycling and backing a community project sponsored by agency Organise This among other measures. The education programme includes CSR sessions and delegates will have the opportunity to be part of an onsite sustainability team, which will monitor, measure and educate visitors on the logistics required to make an event sustainable. MPI Foundation Europe and Rezidor Hotel Group are supporting the conference. “[Sustainability] is an issue that matters to our community and is in line with our vision of a sustainable meetings and events industry,” said Katie Callahan-Giobbi, executive vice president of MPI Foundation, which invests in education, business development, and career pathway schemes for meeting professionals. Rezidor senior vice president Oliver Jacquin said: “This is fully aligned with our overall Responsible Business strategy and we look forward to integrating the outcome into how we operate meetings in future.”

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