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Sustainability at the FIDI Conference

We are all responsible for creating a more sustainable future. FIDI is trying to mitigate the negative impact of its activities on the environment where possible. Please read below our sustainability pledge and what we are trying to do to make the FIDI Conference as sustainable as possible. 

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Thank you to our Sustainability Sponsor, Reason Global, for supporting FIDI in its efforts to make the 2024 FIDI Conference more environmentally responsible!

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As a global membership organisation, we at FIDI Global Alliance acknowledge our own responsibility towards greater sustainability. This means changing the way we have done things in the past, one step at a time. We also recognize that this is an ongoing, long-term effort, and that we will make mistakes along the way.

The annual FIDI Conference is FIDI’s flagship event, a key moment in our community’s calendar. However, as an international event with attendees joining from across the world, our conference’s carbon footprint is substantial.

As part of FIDI’s commitment towards greater environmental sustainability, we commit to making the 2024 FIDI Conference as environmentally sustainable as we can. To achieve this, we are working closely with our partners, sponsors and the conference hotel and venues to make our event as sustainable as possible. We kindly ask you to help us in our efforts by following some sustainability best practices during your stay in Edinburgh.

Below you can find some of the key actions we are planning to implement: 



CARBON FOOTPRINT OFFSET

“Carbon offsetting” allows individuals and organizations to compensate for unavoidable CO2 emissions by supporting verified projects that reduce emissions somewhere else.

To compensate part of our FIDI Conference’s carbon footprint, we offer the possibility for each attendee to purchase a 10 EUR “sustainability ticket”. FIDI will match each voluntary contribution (i.e. FIDI will pay an extra 10 EUR for each “sustainability ticket” purchased). The collected funds will go to a project from the United Nations Carbon Offset Platform.

 
TRAVEL: "I CAME BY TRAIN"
 
Try to find the most efficient transportation option to the conference location and where possible, walk or use public transportation during the 2024 FIDI Conference. 
 
The rail links from Kings Cross in Central London to Waverley Station in Edinburgh are excellent with trains leaving every 30 minutes at peak times. 
 
Be a climate hero and save the planet, one journey at a time. Pledge your train journey through the Trainline sustainability travel website click here"I Came By Train" is a collective movement to help fight climate change, because taking the train is a massive 67% less polluting than driving. Did you know that taking the train from London to Edinburgh instead of flying saves 110kg of CO2 the same as not using your washing machine for a year! 
Edinburgh is a very well connected travel hub, there are regular fast trains from London, running along the scenic East Coast of the UK, with multiple public transport links also available at the airport for those arriving by air directly. By avoiding an extra regional flight from London to Edinburgh or an airport taxi, all delegates will have the chance to take a greener transport mode, reducing their personal carbon footprint and contributing to a sustainable conference. The FIDI 39 Club initiative prize draw will give one lucky winner a free registration for FIDI 2025. To enter, you simply need to take any form of public transport enroute to Edinburgh and share your ticket. Watch the video presentation from FIDI’s 39 Club President, Jackie Stouffer, to find out more.

NEW THIS YEAR - THE FIDI 39 CLUB POWERED SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL INITIATIVE

Keep your tickets for the opportunity to enter the 39 Club Powered Sustainable Travel Initiative and win a ticket to the 2025 FIDI Conference.
 
Let’s all do our bit for the climate and make FIDI green.

 

HOTEL

The 2024 FIDI Conference is taking place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh.  The hotel has signed up to the Race for Zero challenge, with long-term science-based targets to o become net-zero by 2050. 
The hotel’s aim by 2025 is to:  
•    Water: Reduce water intensity by 15%
•    Carbon: Reduce carbon intensity by 30%
•    Waste: Reduce waste to landfill by 45%
•    Food waste: Reduce by 50%
•    Renewable energy: Achieve a minimum of 30% renewable electricity use
•    Produce: Responsibly source 95% of its food 
•    Local sourcing: 50% of all produce by spend

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r further information click here

 
REDUCING THE IMPACT OF OUR MEALS
 
What we eat has a big impact on the environment. Reducing our consumption of certain types of foods, (like red meat) can help us reduce our carbon footprint. That is why we are working closely with our providers to offer you, where possible, a selection of meals prepared with locally sourced and environmentally conscious ingredients. We will also do a "meatless Monday" lunch buffet and provide a larger selection of vegetarian options throughout the conference.
 
At registration, you will receive a sustainable water bottle. Water fountains will be available throughout the conference area, so no need for you to buy single-use plastic bottles to keep hydrated!


2024 FIDI CONFERENCE ON-SITE PROMOTIONS & INFORMATION MATERIAL 

•    Where possible, we will use paperless technology and avoid paper print-outs. The 2024 FIDI Conference programme, attendees list, etc. will be exclusively available via the 2024 FIDI Conference app and website.
•    We will try to source the most environmentally respectful option for any printed material and assets.
•    We encourage our sponsors to also distribute their promotional material in a paperless manner and/or on recycled paper where possible.
•    Where possible, we will re-use assets from previous conferences, such as roll-ups, lanyards and brochures.
•    Our attendee badges will be printed on biodegradable material.


 

IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE 2024 FIDI CONFERENCE, WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP REDUCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE EVENT? 

 Participate in the 2024 FIDI Conference carbon offsetting project by purchasing the voluntary “sustainability ticket” for 10 EUR per attendee. FIDI will match each voluntary contribution.
•   Where possible, avoid using printed promotional material, business cards or plastic gifts for your fellow attendees – try finding digital or environmentally friendly alternatives!

•   Even if you are not a vegetarian, challenge yourself to eat less meat - you will find that most restaurants in Edinburgh have many excellent vegetarian (and even vegan) options on offer!

•  During your stay at the hotel, follow basic environmentally conscious best practices, for example: reuse your towels and decline housekeeping for the duration of your stay; avoid wasting water unnecessarily; switch off the air-conditioning (and the lights!) when you leave your room; etc.
•   Where possible, avoid using plastic bottles or single-use plastic cups or containers.
•  If you – as an individual or in your company – follow specific or innovative environmental best practices, share them with us and your fellow attendees. Lead by example and share your experience!
•  If during the 2024 FIDI Conference you notice something that we could do better or if you have ideas on how we could improve our event’s enviro
nmental impact, please let us know at admin@fidievents.org

We are only at the start of our journey to reduce the FIDI Conference’s environmental impact. We will make mistakes along the way – but we promise to try our best. Please help us to make our conference a truly environmentally responsible event. By making small changes and taking responsibility for our actions together, we can make an impact.

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