[Coral-List] Carbon offsetting AND the need for innovative problem solvers to halt climate change
ICRS 2020 Conference Secretariat
office at icrs2020.de
Mon May 20 10:05:55 UTC 2019
*ICRS 2020 Green Strateg*y
The ICRS 2020 Secretariat in partnership with ICRS leadership would like
to contribute the following to the current discussion on
carbon-offsetting and possible measures to reduce the CO2 footprint of
the upcoming 14th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2020) in
It is a central concern to organise ICRS 2020 as a sustainable and
climate-neutral event. Plans for the implementation of measures to
minimise and offset environmental impacts were therefore already
included in the ICRS 2020 bid that was submitted in 2016.
Inspired by the example of COP23 in Bonn/Fiji, the ICRS 2020 Secretariat
works together with local expert agencies with experience in the fields
of sustainable management, energy efficiency, renewable energies and CO2
compensation. Together with these partners, ICRS 2020 is introducing a
two-stage approach to (1) minimise the production of waste and emissions
locally and (2) offset all unavoidable emissions produced locally and
ultimately by the large number of delegates travelling to Bremen.
Among the ongoing efforts to reduce local waste production and CO2
footprint of ICRS 2020 is the development of a sustainable model concept
for vegetarian conference catering based on regional/seasonal products,
a pioneering project recently funded by the German Federal Environmental
Foundation (DBU). Inevitable CO2 emissions generated locally will be
offset in certified local renaturation and remediation projects. In
order to offset the emissions caused by the delegates' travels, ICRS
2020 has selected certified remediation projects on tropical coasts in
the immediate vicinity and/or with a positive impact on local coral reefs.
The ICRS 2020 Secretariat is also considering measures to enable access
to conference content via online services. Discussions with private
foundations and local logistic partners on possibilities for
implementation are ongoing.
ICRS 2020 is currently looking for sponsors/supporters to cover the cost
for offsetting the unavoidable emissions. Please contact us if you are
interested to sponsor these efforts for making ICRS 2020 a
climate-neutral global event.
A website for the ICRS 2020 Green Strategy is in preparation and will be
launched in the near future on www.icrs2020.de <http://www.icrs2020.de>
and www.icrs2020.com <http://www.icrs2020.com> .
Many thanks and greetings,
Malik Naumann and Christian Wild
ICRS 2020 Secretariat
with Andréa Grottoli and Joanie Kleypas
ICRS President and Vice-President
ICRS 2020 Conference Secretariat / Konferenzsekretariat
The University of Bremen / Universität Bremen
UFT, Leobener Str. 6, D-28359 Bremen, Germany
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