ESCRS Sustainability Commitment & Vision

ESCRS is taking a proactive role in advancing sustainability in our field. Improving the sustainability of the Winter Meeting is not only a moral duty, but also a strategic opportunity to enhance our performance, reputation, and innovation.

This year, we are reinforcing our commitment to sustainability by placing a strong emphasis on social responsibility and promoting inclusivity through various initiatives.

We are collaborating with our partners to work towards zero waste to landfill, zero net carbon emissions and becoming a role model for social responsibility. We are implementing measures to support the wellness of our attendees, contribute to local and global causes, restore ecosystems, and foster sustainability leadership in our industry.

Our vision for sustainability is ambitious, but achievable as we are not alone in this journey. We are collaborating with other organisations, institutions, and experts to learn from best practices and share our experiences. We are also engaging with our members, partners, and stakeholders to solicit their feedback and suggestions on how we can improve our sustainability performance.

We invite you to join us in this journey. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can make ESCRS a more sustainable society.

Filomena Ribeiro
President, ESCRS

Our Key Goals

We have developed a plan to guide every event for its community, meetings, events and activities, and those of its host cities.

With the help of key members and partners, a two-year sustainability strategy was developed.

Our bold, operational action plan, Mission Zero, has four sustainability goals that inform our preparation, execution and reporting:

Inspire Action

  • Strengthen the promotions of the initiative through partnerships with ASCRS and APACRS
  • Recruit at least 5 new organisations into the Sustainability Partnership Programme
  • Integrate YOFS to the sustainability activities of ESCRS
  • Extend the overall Meeting programme with new sustainability track sessions

Zero Waste

  • Eliminate 90% of single use plastic, polystyrene and PVC
  • Decrease waste sent to landfill to less than 15%
  • Increase recycling to +50%
  • +70% of all signage and branding to be made from more sustainable materials

Zero Emissions

  • +25% of delegates to arrive by climate friendly transport
  • +50% of food served is vegetarian or vegan
  • 70% of food locally sourced (less than 160km)
  • 100% of unavoidable carbon emissions to be offset

Socially Responsible

  • Increase balance of female speakers to 40%
  • Integrate at least 1 community/charity partnerships
  • Integrate wellness activities throughout the Meeting

Our Strategy

Our Principles

To achieve our goals, we have defined the following principles for the sustainable organisation of the Meeting:

Design for inclusiveness and diversity
Eliminate waste, emissions and pollution
Recycle materials and products
Regenerate natural systems (people and planet)
Switch to more sustainable materials
Use our sustainability efforts to improve participants’ event experience

Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt’s sustainable business practices are founded on a wide range of voluntary commitments. By the end of the year, they aim to be one of the first trade fair companies to have an EMAS certification (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). They take part in ESG ratings and actively support German and international sustainability initiatives. They are participants in the United Nations Global Compact, the Charter of Diversity and the Fairpflichtet sustainability code.