A business forum in Singapore aims to be Asia's first large- scale "zero-waste" and "zero-emission" conference.
In a nutshell, that means the event will be as ecologically sustainable as possible by avoiding wasteful processes and products. So printed programmes and business cards are out, to be replaced by a mobile app that is integrated with LinkedIn and social media, and includes live question and answer sessions. Digital signage will replace printed logos and banners.
Participants will use digital tickets instead of printed ones and wear badges made from recycled banana fibre at the event - the Responsible Business Forum (RBF) on Sustainable Development.
The conference at Marina Bay Sands from Nov 22 to 24 will also run on a locally sourced, meatless menu. Any leftover food will go to the onsite food waste digesters.
More notably, carbon emissions from more than 200 international flights to and from Singapore that are related to the event will be fully offset by RBF. This will be done by getting its climate partner, South Pole Group, to invest in a landfill gas capture project in China and a starch wastewater treatment facility in Thailand.
RBF estimates it will offset 320 tonnes of carbon dioxide generated by transport and energy use this year, against the 207 tonnes of carbon dioxide generated last year.
"Large-scale conferences tend to be highly resource-intensive with major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and waste for the host city and residents," said event organiser Global Initiatives in a statement today.