Green Event Report for the NZPI 2011 Conference

The 2011 NZPI Conference implemented a number of Green Event recommendations that improved the environmental performance of the event in the key area of procurement. The event organisers have made measurable improvements in reducing the event’s environmental impacts.

  • The purpose of this Green Event report is to monitor the New Zealand Planning Institute’s Annual Conference and identify future opportunities to minimise the event’s carbon footprint and environmental impacts.
  • The New Zealand Planning Institute 2011 Conference took place in Wellington between March 28 and April 1, 2011. The event attracted 462 attendees to the Wellington Town Hall venue.
  • Residual waste, electricity and carbon emission equivalents were calculated for the event. Key staff at the event venue were interviewed. A measure for water consumption at the event was not able to be isolated due to the metering arrangement.
  • A number of waste minimisation, energy efficiency and environmental improvement opportunities have been identified for future events (see recommendations).
  • A total of 1,082kg (7.3m3) of waste was generated by the event.
  • A total of 1,031kg (95%) of waste was diverted from landfill by the event.
  • An estimated total of 13,000 kWh of electricity was consumed during the event.
  • The event had an estimated carbon footprint of 73.9 tonnes CO2e equating to 160 kg CO2e per event attendee.
  • Carbon equivalent emissions for the event were reduced by a total of 68% compared with the 2010 event (per capita/attendee emissions were reduced by 52%).

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