SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY AT ECCA 2017

We want your stay in Glasgow to be as sustainable as it can be. ECCA 2017 should be a showcase for sustainability, resilience and adaptation.

The biggest environmental impact of ECCA 2017 is likely to be due to air travel for delegates to attend. We strongly encourage delegates from the UK or northern Europe to travel by rail to Glasgow if possible, and we hope that all delegates will offset their carbon emissions if possible (see the Travel page). Once you are here, we hope that you will take advantage of the pleasant and easy opportunities for walking to and from the conference venue, or use the free bikes.

We are reducing the impact of food and materials used at ECCA 2017 by:

  • Working with the conference venue to explore the options for sustainable food
  • Printing only a short summary of the programme, and making the full programme and abstracts available via an interactive conference app (saving the impact of printing hard copies of the conference programme and abstract book that would have been several hundred pages long)
  • Providing a lightweight canvas bag that can be re-used for shopping instead of a traditional delegate bag

Almost all city centre hotels have been part of Glasgow’s innovative Green Tourism programme. They have achieved accreditation or are participating in an environmental improvement scheme. The SEC venue itself has previously won a Gold Star for Greenest Conference Venue through the Green Tourism Business Scheme and continues to be at the forefront of UK venues in pushing its environmental credentials.

Glasgow is 90% of the way towards its target of reducing carbon emissions by 30% from 2006 to 2020, and is on track to exceed it.

Glasgow is currently ranked seventh in the Global Destination Sustainability Index run by the International Congress and Convention Association, which aims to drive the growth of sustainable meetings destinations worldwide. Glasgow was the first UK city to submit an application to be part of this index, which is based on evaluation criteria in four key areas: city environmental strategy and infrastructure; city social sustainability performance; industry supplier support (restaurants, hotels and convention centres); and convention bureau strategy and initiatives.

We are still working on improving our sustainability and we are open to further suggestions!