Sustainability at LCIC 2022

Sustainability was not only discussed in detail during LCIC 2022, we also tried our best to reduce sustainability impacts as much as possible. Below we outline a number of things we did to ensure that LCIC 2022 was a truly sustainable conference.

Venue

The Life Cycle Innovation Conference 2022 took place right in the heart of Berlin, close to the famous Checkpoint Charlie. LCIC 2022 was hosted at Tagungswerk Berlin, which is one of Berlin’s most sustainable conference venues and offers a great place to come together, collaborate, innovate and co-create! Tagungswerk Berlin is a conference venue which is hosted in a former church, which has been renovated to be as energy-efficient as possible.

Food

During LCIC 2022 only vegetarian and vegan food options were served for lunch. Food was provided by a local catering service which provides regional, organic and bio food in line with seasonal considerations. Food was calculated based on a pre-conference survey and thus tailored to the number of participants per day.

Conference Material & Technical Equipement

All conference material was made available online and via a conference app to the conference participants to decrease paper waste. Only two role-up banners were printed with the logo of the conference and its sponsors, no major banner or other unnecessary promotional conference material was printed. Felt-based lanyards were re-used (originally purchased for LCIC 2018) for the conference badges and badges were printed on paper in order to avoid the usage of plastic casings or lanyards. Lanyards were collected at the end of the conference in order to be reused.

With few exceptions, technical equipment was either used from the conference venue or rented (speakers / camera). Only small items such a presentation remotes etc. were purchased to be used for future events.

Conference Emissions

Emissions that were caused by organizing the event were fully compensated. Emissions were calculated by a survey among physical conference participants which was completed by more than 90% of the participants and data provided by the venue. An additional two tons were compensated to account for any emissions that might have been overlooked. All in all 74 tons of Co2 equivalent were compensated through goldstandard.org.

If you are interested in more details, we have put together a report (in German) outlining what we did to organize our conference as sustainable as possible which you can download here.

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