GRI's Goals for a Sustainable Conference
GRI aims to organize sustainable events by minimizing potential negative impacts but also, given the often large number of stakeholders involved, influence change by leaving a positive legacy and hopefully inspiring those involved to contribute to a more sustainable economy and world.
There are many measures taken to host this sustainable conference, including GRI's procurement guidelines & recommendations for all suppliers including; Venue, Hotels, Catering and Exhibitors.
Creating a great environment to meet’ is the name of Amsterdam RAI’s approach to be a leader in the field of sustainability within Europe’s conference and events industry.
It comprises three focus areas:
Improving wellbeing – creating social added value for internal and external stakeholders.
Reducing environmental impact – organizing events with the lowest possible effect on the environment.
Empowering communities - organizing and facilitating events that help connect and inspire people.
Amsterdam RAI has received three gold awards for sustainability: EarthCheck Gold, Green Key Gold and AIPC Gold.
A key aspect is the aim to minimize the use of paper and the amount of printed materials in favor of electronic communication; as seen with electronic signage at the venue itself to utilizing a conference App in favour of a full printed program. The paper that is used during the conference, is made from 100% recovered paper fibers (recycled) or sourced from sustainability harvested forests.
A crown achievement for Amsterdam RAI’s commitment to sustainability was reaching the milestone of ‘zero waste’. Amsterdam RAI has been actively optimizing its waste policy since 2007 as a result of which 100% of its waste is now recycled. At the same time, total waste reduction has been reduced by 30%.
Food and water is also is also considered. Catering requests that at least 80% of the food offered should quality for two out of the four characteristics: fresh, local, organic/biological, seasonal and sustainable. Measures are also taken to reduce the generation of waste and to reuse and recycle.
GRI will offset all GHG emissions as a result of travel to and from the Conference, support will go towards the GHG offsetting project as selected by GRI, in 2015 this partner is; The Paradigm Project: clean and sustainable wood stoves in Kenya. GRI actively supports the project by purchasing carbon offsets to match the emissions generated as a result of travel to and from the conference venue.

We additionally promote the use of public transport for local transport to and from the venue, with useful advice found on the Venue & Amsterdam page above.