Carbon Footprint, CO2 Emissions and Compensation: a Sustainable Mediterranean Tourism Convention

(Rome, 4 June 2019) “The level of climate-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is forecast to rise by a near-record amount in 2019” as it has been highlighted on numerous occasions, and specifically in this article. The forecast of the global CO2 level for 2019 is predicted with an “average rise [of] 2.75 parts per million (ppm), putting it among the highest annual rises”. According to this article, the average level this year will be of 411ppm.

The Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention, that will take place on the 5-7 June 2019 in Barcelona, is an event thought for sustainable tourism in a sustainable way. Considering the above mentioned considerations, several measures are being put in place to make this event a sustainable one. A calculation of carbon footprint and compensation of CO2 emissions is being undergone for the organisation of this event (venue, materials, catering, etc.) and the voyages of speakers (not those of the participants). The indicated amount of CO2 is around 80 tones. This task will be carried out by the company La Vola (Clean O2 brand).

The idea is to compensate those emissions in one of the following projects (certified by VCS Verified Carbon Standard): Darica Hydro Power Plant Project (Turkey), Jbel Sendouq-Khalladi Wind Power Plant Project (Morocco), Düzova Wind Power Plant Project (Turkey). This choice will be made by the Convention’s participants through the app dedicated to the event using a live participatory system.

Overall, the participants of the Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention are provided with sustainability guidelines. The venue, the Hotel Alimara in Barcelona, has received the ISO 14001 and EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) sustainable certifications, allowing the guests to monitor and reduce their energy and water consumptions during their stay. The venue and accommodation are easily accessible by public transportation (walking distance).

Besides, the convention is waste free. The hotel will deliver the leftover food to the NGO Nutrición sin Fronteras (NSF), contributing to the reduction of inequalities in nutrition. Among other measures, the lunch menu will be monitored and measure to know how much food was locally produced. The event is also plastic free. Thermos flasks, glass bottles and cups will be provided in order to avoid the environmental impact of the use of plastics. It is also paper free. A mobile app is dedicated to the event and already available here. No printed program book will be provided and the lanyards have been recycled from previous events. Badges will be printed in seed paper and could be planted afterwards.

For more information about the Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention, you can access the dedicated website. Follow the event throughout these channels:

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