The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has joined Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE), the worldwide events industry initiative to address climate change as a supporter of the campaign. Since its launch at COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2021, NZCE has developed a wealth of resources to support events industry organizations on their journeys to net zero carbon emissions. These include its Roadmap and advisory reports on venue energy; smart production and waste management; logistics; travel and accommodation; food and food waste; and offsetting and measurement.

With the campaign focused on implementation in each of these areas, GBTA and NZCE will be working together with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) on implementing the Travel and Accommodation element.

James Rees, president of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), which is driving the NZCE initiative for the industry said: “We could not be happier than to have GBTA as a supporter. GBTA has unparalleled expertise and experience in the technical aspects of business travel and sustainability, especially through the Sustainability Initiative of the GBTA Foundation. We are delighted to be working with both GBTA and ICCA on this and looking forward to aligning our work and developing common ground for all stakeholders in future.

Suzanne Neufang, CEO of GBTA, said: “For our members, industry and for the work we do as an association, GBTA is deeply committed and active in helping to create a more sustainable future for global business travel. We are pleased to be part of the Net Zero Carbon Events initiative and working with the JMIC and other key organizations to bring the power of our collective efforts to ensure more net zero-focused approaches to the very significant sector of meetings and events.”

Net Zero Carbon Events is open to all organizations involved in events. Registration is free of charge but financial contributions are crucial to developing the campaign.

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