Towards Zero Waste
In addition to helping create more efficient, inclusive and sustainable cities, we also want to set an example and become a sustainable event.
Smart City Expo World Congress works towards creating efficient, inclusive and sustainable cities – so naturally, the show should lead by example. Towards Zero Waste is a dedicated sustainability initiative, started back in 2016 by SCEWC, in line with the European Commission’s Circular Economy strategy based on use of fewer materials, reuse and recycling of products, and no food waste.
ACTIONS CARRIED OUT IN 2021
SMALL ACTIONS MAKE A BIG IMPACT
Planting trees for the planet
Last year, we took another step forward with a new reforestation initiative in collaboration with Plant for the Planet, an organisation that aims to raise awareness amongst children and adults about the issues of climate change and global justice. All money raised from your donations helped us plant 5,000 trees for the Planting for Doñana reforestation project.
A NEW CIRCULAR DECORATION CONCEPT
Venue decoration went circular
In 2021, all of our venue decoration was carried out using circular materials. We did so by reusing the same structures that are used to assemble our modular stand packs (see insert) when putting together our decorative elements.
Avoiding single-use plastics
We once again said goodbye to single-use plastics at the event, preventing 1,195 kg of disposable plastic items. All drinks for sale were distributed in glass containers and our catering menus avoided plastic packaging, while coffee machines and one-dose capsules were replaced by coffee thermos and vending machines were also disabled.
Reducing CO2e emissions
Using less paper
As part of our efforts to become a paperless event, we set up QR code points at strategic places throughout the venue for downloading the event app. We also had digital press corners instead of paper magazines, and all paper used at the stands was collected for recycling at the end of the event, which represented 48 kg of paper waste saved.
All lanyards, passes and pass holders were made from recycled materials, and could be discarded at the return point to be recycled again after the event. Special containers for separating waste were distributed across the venue, with dedicated volunteers to help visitors, recycling a total amount of 3,440 kg of waste.
Reducing and reusing
We reused 105 kg of decoration materials, including carpet and other items from several booths and communal areas. All of them were donated to several local associations.
No food waste
WHAT WE ACHIEVED IN 2021
tons of CO2e compensation
kg of single-use plastics prevented
kg of waste collection
kg of materials reused
kg of paper waste saved