The World Economic Forum is collaborating with sustainability solutions provider, South Pole, to offset all CO2 emissions from staff travel to its Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York City.
The second edition of the World Economic Forum Sustainable Impact Summit aims to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris climate agreement by providing a multi stakeholder platform for concerted action. Running alongside the New York Climate Week and the United Nations General Assembly, the Summit brings together nearly 800 leaders from government, business, academia, science, and civil society.
The World Economic Forum recognises the impact of such large events, which is why it has incorporated an environmental and social lens over its event planning activities.
By offsetting CO2 emissions from staff travel to the Summit with South Pole's high quality emission reduction projects, the Forum is contributing to reducing global carbon emissions, safeguarding ecosystems and supporting a range of programs that improve the livelihoods of rural communities – all in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Blandin Forest Conservation Project in the United States conserves 175,000 acres of forests, protecting life on land and promoting biodiversity. The Huóshui Grouped Small Hydro project in China generates 770,000 MWh of clean energy annually and creates employment opportunities for local communities. The Kariba REDD+ Forest Protection project protects almost 785,000 hectares of forests in Zimbabwe – all while improving the livelihoods of 85,000 people by providing financial support to local health clinics and greater economic opportunities.
South Pole's CEO Renat Heuberger will be present at the Summit. For more information on Renat and to read his latest contributions to the World Economic Forum Agenda, please click here.
For more information on the Sustainable Development Impact Summit itself and to follow the live-streamed sessions, please visit the Forum's dedicated website.