Marina Bay Sands in Singapore has hosted the first ever carbon neutral ITB Asia trade show event.
The recently completed ITB Asia travel industry trade show is in its seventh year. This year’s event is the first time, the sizeable show has managed to be carbon neutral.
A record number of 9650 attendees came together at the ITB Asia show from 108 countries.
The event organiser, Messe Berlin in Singapore originally aimed to reduce the show’s carbon footprint by five per cent, however managed to lower the overall emissions by 34 per cent, from 399 tonnes in 2012 to 262 tonnes in 2014. Electricity consumption recorded a decrease of more than 34 per cent from 2012.
A range of energy saving initiatives were implemented with the aim of lowering the event’s carbon footprint including selecting food items sources regionally for the Harvest Menu, utilising newly activated in-room motion sensors to ensure lighting efficiency and establishing a room temperature of 24 degrees.
Of the carbon generated at the event, the entire emissions will be offset by carbon credits in two regional climate change mitigation project, Sungai Kerling Hydropower in Malaysia and Wayang Windu Geothermal in Indonesia, through Marina Bay Sands’ partner Carbon Story.
An impressive 2.6 tonnes of event brochures were also collected and recycled. The paper recycling was a first for ITB Asia, and Marina Bay Sands, an ISO 20121 certified venue host.
The hotel, which opened in 2010, has won international recognition for its sustainability initiatives under the Sands ECO 360o global programme. Sands Expo is the first MICE facility in South East Asia to obtain the ISO 20121 Sustainable Events Management System certification in February 2014 and the first MICE facility in Singapore to adopt the Singapore Tourism Board’s sustainability guidelines for the MICE industry in 2013. In May 2014, Marina Bay Sands was accorded the EarthCheck Silver Certification for its stewardship in sustainability.
The next ITB Asia trade show will be held in October next year at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.