In Copenhagen, the ambition has long been to ensure that most events and congresses hosted in the city also act as drivers of sustainable development. As a result of it, the perception in our day is, that all kinds of events held in Copenhagen, as well as local lifestyle, have the potential to inspire and influence platforms of knowledge exchange, innovation, culture, and talent attraction and to boost sustainable development.
Along with potentially creating positive impacts in local communities, events also leave adverse effects like carbon emission footprints and excessive consumption. These downsides need to be constantly addressed, and therefore the city’s convention bureau, Copenhagen CVB, has developed a next-generation green guide, the Copenhagen Sustainability Guide, offering a holistic and refreshingly hands-on approach to staging sustainable business events in the city. The guide is a natural extension of the destination’s overall ‘Tourism for Good Strategy 2030’, and it urges planners, associations, organisations, companies, and others to pursue future events with a lasting sustainable and positive impact on society.
A new type of green events
For years, Copenhagen has been known for its focus on reducing event footprints or single-use plastic, minimizing food waste, introducing alternative plant-based food options, etc. Next came attention to delegates' footprints from travel, accommodation, consumption outside the event space itself, and more.
However, whereas these areas continue to be highly relevant in the planning process, going beyond and forming new types of business events that boost sustainable development is what is needed now and in future.
Kit Lykketoft, Director of Copenhagen CVB, explains:
“New generations of events and congresses need a much more holistic approach to sustainable solutions. One that engages and inspires participants, exhibitors, and suppliers alike and drives lasting sustainable impact in communities - before, during and after an event.”
“In Copenhagen, we work with sustainable solutions and legacy work on many levels. Throughout the years, we have gained huge expertise within this field, and new ideas and perspectives on next-gen sustainable events are therefore always high on our agenda. Our Copenhagen Legacy Lab, launched in 2019, and this hands-on sustainability guide are only two examples out of many on how we continue to build and share thoughts and tips on future regenerative, resilient, and responsible event planning with the outside world, to create a lasting positive impact,” Kit Lykketoft continues.