State of the Art 2019

SUSTAINABILITY AT SOA19

INTRODUCTION

The Intensive Care Society proactively manage our environmental impact in the planning of our annual event, State of the Art. Sustainability is increasingly important to us, our attendees and our exhibitors and we strive to make our event more responsible and play our part by keeping waste to a minimum and considering our carbon output. We communicate our desire to be more sustainable to our suppliers, sponsors and exhibitors and event staff, considering this at the very start of the project in our own planning.

Working with our Conference Organisers, Hampton Medical, we strive to:

SOA19 Sustainability
  • Remove single use plastic bottles, replacing with recyclable cans and compostable paper cups for use at water stations around the venue. We’ll actively encourage attendees to bring their own reusable water bottles
  • Reduce or remove paper consumption using digital signage and minimal print, app and digital website content with all information required
  • Use recycled materials as much as possible with collateral from previous events such as lanyards, drinks tokens and t-shirts
  • Arranging one courier booking to transfer our event collateral to the venue rather than multiple trips
  • Reduce face-to-face planning meetings by holding teleconferences and communicating via email, taking the train or car sharing where transport is required
  • Encouraging speakers and attendees to share transport when travelling
  • Working with The ICC to minimise waste and recycle all that we can (see more about The ICC below)
  • Work closely with our suppliers to encourage them to consider their own footprint
  • Choose venues to host our events in locations with good transport links

We are proud to work with Hampton Medical, a Professional Conference Organiser with ISO 20121 standard which shows that they have an accredited Event Sustainability Management System in place. Find out more about how they are committed to helping us here.

The team at The ICC, Birmingham, are committed to being green and the venue holds the ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management systems. A district-based scheme (Combined Heat and Power – CHP – Generator) is installed onsite to provide chilled water for air conditioning, electricity and hot water for heating The ICC and buildings in the immediate vicinity, including Arena Birmingham. A publicly visible carbon calculator keeps track of the carbon dioxide savings, minimising The ICC’s carbon footprint and providing the ability to sell carbon credit. See more about The ICC’s commitment to sustainability here.