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Corporates support event industry COP26 commitments

Corporate event organisers have pledged their support for the event industry’s framework on climate change, which was agreed at the COP26 conference on 10 November.

As well as representatives from across the industry’s global associations, ICE (in-house Corporate Events) represented the voice of the corporate buyer and stressed the importance of collaboration between corporates, venues and agencies.

As well as representatives from the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), JMIC (Joint Industry Meetings Council) and the Scottish Event Campus, Anita Howard, founder and CEO of ICE was joined by Stephanie DuBois, operations director, SAP, and five other representatives from the organisations’ community.

Anita Howard, co-founder, ICE, said: “It was a really important and inspirational meeting, with some of the biggest names in the industry all commiting to make big changes to our industry. Our corporates represented the thinking behind most businesses and brands and were 100% behind these changes and are really keen to move this agenda forward.”

She added: “Transparancy will be crucial. This is a group where measurement has moved up the agenda at the same speed as sustainability; they need action and proof points that show their businesses how events can positively contribute to their businesses own sustainable goals.”

The next steps for the Net Zero Carbon in Events initiative is to develop a detailed roadmap on how to achieve the targets. ICE will be forming a Corporate Planner Sustainability Task Force which will feed into the UNFCCC & JMIC plan.