Netherlands launches green meetings guide

C&IT GREEN WEEK: The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions has launched a green meetings guide for event organisers.

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The online guide lists the green credentials of six Dutch cities, plus 200 venues that have been granted the Green Key award by the international Foundation for Environmental Education. The website also offers a CO2 calculator and a green meetings checklist.

Netherlands Board of Tourism MICE project manager Alex Lacey said: "Holland has always been at the cutting edge of sustainability but we felt it was right for us to look at it as a whole and bring all the information together in one place.

"In the industry as a whole, we've also noticed an increase in the numbers of event planners and buyers are asking us whether we can offer sustainable events."

The website includes nine tips for greener meetings:

  • Prepare an environmental policy for the meeting, and share it with management, suppliers, delegates, presenters and exhibitors
  • Establish a carbon-neutral initiative to compensate for the CO2 emissions resulting from your event. Seek to use low carbon and renewable energy, and choose energy-efficient and water-saving appliances.
  • Consider the possibility of a paperless event by using new media and electronic technology.
  • Choose hotels and meeting venues that are connected to the airport by mass transit, and within walking distance of each other
  • Provide delegates with information about the local public transport system, or arrange car-sharing
  • If vehicles are required, look for those with lower emissions of greenhouse gases, such as electric and hybrid vehicles
  • At your event, only use caterers that follow sustainable standards
  • Minimise the use of disposables and ensure that food and beverage packaging is recycled
  • Tell your exhibitors about your sustainability plan and involve them in the process

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