Climate Forward with the 41st Congress of the ESCRS
When it comes to carbon, “emissions” is a dirty word, unless you use a clean approach to measure, mitigate and manage the greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. The ESCRS Mission Zero approach is guided by the principle of eliminating waste, pollution and emissions and our approach to this is threefold: measure, reduce, and offset for greatest effect.
We began in 2022, calculating the congress’ s carbon and waste footprint using industry best practice methodologies and an advanced measurement tool called TRACE. This included emissions from local event production, delegate and team travel, accommodation, food & beverages, venue and online participation. The total carbon footprint was 15 875 tCO2e, and 1 250 tCO2e per attendee. This is the equivalent of 7 937.8 cars on the road for a year, or 79 377.7 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
In 2022, 76 % of unavoidable emissions were offset with the purchase of carbon credits in three certified offsetting projects through Climate Impact Partners, a global leader in helping organisations to meet their ambitious climate goals. By investing in a portfolio of projects with a demonstrated track record, we ensured both notable emission reductions for our events, and social support for developing economies.
In 2023, we’re sharpening our focus to raise our positive contributions significantly. The goal is to offset 100% of unavoidable carbon emissions of the 41st Congress of the ESCRS in Vienna through continuous offsetting. By estimating C02e for the upcoming congress and buying offset credits ahead of it, we can look our emissions in the eye. By combining this with our ongoing efforts to measure and reduce wherever possible, we can stare it down… to zero.
At present, we’ve purchased offset credits equivalent to 15 000 tonnes of CO2e. We will level out the total amount required to purchase based on our post-congress measurements.
To ensure integrity and longevity of a carbon credit project’s contributions, the voluntary offset market developed standards similar to those used for organic food or fairtrade products.
Each project we supported was carefully vetted and selected for maximal positive impact.
ESCRS 2023 supports the following projects:
Gratitude to our community of climate supporters
We would like to express our deep gratitude to our Net Zero sponsors – Alcon and Zeiss – supporting ESCRS Mission Zero, without whom this event and its contributions to increasingly positive change would not be possible.
We would also like to say a very special thank you to every delegate who chooses to offset their individual carbon footprint by making a financial contribution at registration.
It takes a community to ensure continuous improvement and we are proud to have you all as special supporters of Mission Zero.