Towards Zero Waste 2016
Smart City Expo World Congress' objective is to work towards creating efficient, inclusive and sustainable cities. The show then, could be no exception. For the second year running, in 2016, the event adhered to the Towards Zero Waste initiative, aimed at reducing residual waste, saving resources and ensuring maximum sustainability. Last year, the Circular Economy European Summit (CEES) joined this initiative, which is in line with the European Commission's Circular Economy strategy based on the use of less materials, reuse and recycling of products and no food waste.
These were some of the ways Smart City Expo World Congress and Circular Economy European Summit contributed to Towards Zero Waste:
- Introduction of electronic management in procedures for invoicing and subscription to services.
- At the end of the events, all the paper used in the stands was collected. 1,776 kg in total.
- QR code points were set up at strategic points throughout the events venue to download the congress app.
- 28 Magazines related to the event's subject could also be downloaded.
NO FOOD WASTE
- Containers for separating organic waste were available at restaurant centers and temporary dining areas. 680 kg of organic waste was collected.
- 276 kg of food left over was donated to the NGO Nutrition Without Borders to be distributed and used by community kitchens.
- More than 2,000 menus were served with compostable utensils.
- Solar panels were installed on the roof of the venue, thus a large percentage of the energy used by the events came from renewable sources.
- 16,136 m2 of carpet from the passageways as well as 1,800 m2 of stand carpeting was reused after the events.
- 2,740 kg of material from several booths was also reused after the events.
- Other materials, such as plants, were donated to several local associations.
- Attendees could use the recycling bins, specifically for paper and packaging, throughout the venue.
- Visitors could also return their IDs at the return point. 1,680 IDs were returned, thus saving 25,2 kg of material.
- Attendees were encouraged to use the APP, which resulted in 3737 downloads helping save 56kg of paper.
- 276KG OF LEFT OVER FOOD DONATED
- 1,776KG PAPER NOT WASTED
- 2,000MENUS SERVED WITH COMPOSTABLE UTENSILS
- 680KG OF ORGANIC WASTE COLLECTED
- 17,000METERS OF CARPET REUSED
- 2,740KG OF STAND MATERIAL REUSED
- 3,737 APP DOWNLOADS
- 1,680 ACCREDITATIONS RETURNED