COP23 conference gets green certification

The UN’s COP23 Climate Conference has been awarded a certification for being a sustainable event. The conference in Bonn, Germany received the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) certificate after it […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UN’s COP23 Climate Conference has been awarded a certification for being a sustainable event.

The conference in Bonn, Germany received the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) certificate after it was judged to have been organised, managed and ran in an environmentally-friendly way.

It was recognised for comprehensive waste avoidance and separation, climate-friendly catering, climate-neutral shuttle services and environmentally sound and reusable materials being used for the site’s temporary structures.

The conference saw almost 50 drinking fountains spread throughout its premises, where participants can refill reusable bottles they received on registering.

Unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions will be offset with certified emission reduction (CERs) credits from ambitious international climate action projects.

COP23 will be added to the EMAS register, which now contains more than 9,000 companies and organisations committed to environmental protection.

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said: “We have succeeded in making this Climate Change Conference environmentally friendly and sustainable.

“This is an important signal for a conference which is not just about negotiations but also about taking action.”