The IAPCO 2016 Meeting Secretariat will endeavour to reduce the environmental footprint of the Annual Meeting and General Assembly through the implementation of a sustainability policy. Listed below are some of the actions that will be taken during the planning phase and at the meeting.
- Venue: The Cape Town International Convention Centre has eco-friendly policies in place, including an automated electricity-savings programme to prevent waste by lights, air conditioning and escalators; water-use minimisation systems using drip-flow irrigation and dual-flush toilets; an in-house recycling system; biodegradable cleaning agents; and the sourcing of local supplies to promote job creation and the sustainability of local farms and producers. The building itself achieves 77.1% compliance with the South African Energy and Demand Efficiency Standards. See here for more information.
- Recycling: Paper, plastic, glass and tins are recycled. Recycling bins are available throughout the CTICC. Participants will be encouraged to leave unwanted name pouches and lanyards for re-use. Unwanted stationery and bags can be left for redistribution to, for example, schools in disadvantaged areas.
- Locally-sourced materials: IAPCO 2016 materials including bags and lanyards will be produced locally with an emphasis on local job creation.
- Printing: Where possible, recycled or environmentally-responsible paper will be used. Ideally, IAPCO 2016 proceedings such as the programme and papers will be provided online only.
- The menu: Menus will be designed using local, seasonal produce and where possible, condiments such as sugars and sauces will be served in glassware rather than in individual packages.
- Accommodation: The official IAPCO 2016 hotel, The Westin Cape Town, believes that economic growth and the well-being of society are inextricably tied to the health of the environment. Accordingly, they embrace their responsibility for environmental stewardship and are committed to integrating leading environmental practices and sustainability principles into their business strategy with their Green Policy. Participants will be encouraged to assist with this policy by infrequently requesting fresh linen and towels, and switching off their lights and air conditioning when they are not in their hotel rooms.
- Bag inserts: Exhibitors and sponsors will be encouraged to provide only sustainable giveaways and limits will be placed on the number of bag inserts. The use of sustainable materials such as soy-based inks and recycled paper will be encouraged, as well as limited packaging.
- Speaker gifts: Promotional and speaker gifts should be made from sustainable materials, use minimal packaging, and be sourced locally.