ENCATC: an environmentally responsible organisation
Since 2011, ENCATC has set the goal to be an environmentally responsible organisation. For this scope, we work hard to reduce the environmental impact of our activities and we are dedicated to understanding, measuring, improving and communicating our environmental performances.
Therefore, knowing that any gathering of a large number of people has a potential negative impact, our Annual Congress alike all our events are designed to be full on for a green policy and engaging with our participants in this process. It’s with this idea that we tried with the local organiser, the Burgundy School of Business, to build our Congress as green as possible, improving ourselves year after year and knowing that we still have a long way ahead of us!
To ensure awareness of the importance of a sustainable way of life our policy is enhanced and communicated to our suppliers, partners, supporters and thus to assure they share our concerns about a greener future. We also make a statement to sensible our participants before, during and after the Congress (e.g. by inviting the participants to recycle any printed materials given to them).
To ensure sustainable communication, we do not to print the reader and proceedings. The printed signages are also reusable for other events. In addition to reducing paper consumption, the Congress badge has no plastic. The lanyard and bag are from European supplier that only works with eco-friendly materials. Any printed material is on Ecolabel EU and FSC certified paper and our local printer has the Imprim’Vert certifcation. We also use only e-communication for the promotion of the Congress.
WASTE MANAGEMENT & GREEN ENERGY
To minimize waste and save energy, the Congress are organised in venues that are identified as a green building with a strong recycling policy. To reduce the waste stream, we have a “Zero single-used plastic” policy (avoiding plastic for the badges, the plastic cutelry/ single serve containers). All the waste are sort and recycle.
FOOD & WATER
To engage with the locals and reduce waste, we choosecaterer working with local producers and use free water from local taps. We avoid plastic/single serve containers, we try to offer more vegetarian options. We also try to adapt food quantity and to share surplus food with local beneficiaries.
TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION
To make less impact on carbon footprint, we make a constant effort to encourage our participants to use the “slow travel” rule for travelling and to use public transport on spot.