Carbon Offsetting at Informa Events
Attending major industry events can be a highly effective way to learn more, know more and do more.
In one place, at one time and with a single trip, there's the chance to connect with many new partners and customers, network with all your peers, experience the latest products, learn from leading experts first-hand, and much more.
As well as providing a unique and valuable experience, some Informa events also provide the chance to carbon offset any flights taken to the location.
It's part of creating a positive impact not just for everyone attending, but for the environment too.
Why carbon offset?
Attending a specialist industry event can be a great way to develop careers and do business: meeting many different companies and people and hearing the latest knowledge in your industry, all in one place and at one time.
Events can also save time and expense, by helping avoid the need to make multiple individual business trips.
Where attending an event means travelling by plane, there is now the chance to carbon offset that air travel.
It is a way of compensating for the unavoidable emissions produced by the flight, minimising environmental impact and maximising the overall value of attending.
How does it work?
Carbon offsetting is when you compensate for your flight's emissions by paying to create a carbon saving elsewhere, of an equivalent value.
It might fund initiatives that help others to reduce their carbon use or avoid generating emissions, or it might help remove carbon dioxide from the environment.
How is the offset calculated?
The price of the offset reflects the carbon emissions generated by a flight, calculated per passenger. using the UK Government’s Environmental Reporting Guidelines and the methodology set out by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
The longer the flight, the more carbon emissions generated. Because business class seats take up more room, emissions per passenger are higher in business class than in economy, which is reflected in the price. The carbon offset fee covers the full journey: both the outbound and inbound trip flight.
For offsets purchased through our event registration process, Informa pays all administrative fees. We do not take any fees or make any profit from customers purchasing offsets.
Where does the offset fee go?
Carbon offset fees, paid through Informa's event registration process, support projects around the world that have been certified as successfully reducing carbon.
This includes projects focused on reserve preservation in Borneo, Amazonian rainforest conservation in Brazil, domestic energy systems in India, distributing household biodigesters in China, teak afforestation in Mexico and grasslands conservation in the US.
These projects have a positive environmental impact, and many also create wider social and economic benefits for their local communities too.
Carbon offset fees paid through the event registration process are invested directly in these projects, with Informa paying all administration fees.
Are there other ways to travel more sustainably?
There are many ways to travel in a more sustainable manner.
Where available and practical, travelling by train is a low carbon option.
When flying, there are also different choices available. Flying economy, taking a direct flight and choosing airlines that are highly rated for sustainability practices will minimise the emissions generated.
What is a carbon offset?
Carbon offsetting is a way to compensate for your use of carbon, such as through flights, by supporting projects that reduce, avoid or store the same amount of carbon emissions elsewhere.
Where does the fee go?
Informa supports projects around the world that have been certified as successfully reducing carbon.
Carbon offset fees paid through our event registration process are invested directly in these projects. Informa pays all administration fees.
We work with the offset specialist Natural Capital Partners to support projects that have been certified and audited as reducing or avoiding greenhouse gases being emitted.
This includes projects such as reserve preservation in Borneo, Amazonian rainforest conservation in Brazil, domestic energy systems in India, distributing household biodigesters in China, teak afforestation in Mexico and grasslands conservation in the US.
How do I know the carbon offsets are effective?
We work with Natural Capital Partners to support a range of verified emissions reductions projects around the world.
Natural Capital Partners has been recognised as Best Offset Retailer by Environmental Finance for ten years running. It delivers high quality offset solutions through a network of project partners on five continents and adheres to the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance's Code of Best Practice.
The projects supported either reduce or avoid greenhouse gases being emitted, or they store an equivalent amount of carbon emissions elsewhere.
All projects are validated by internationally recognised carbon standards and must also demonstrate that they could not take place without support from carbon finance.
Can I receive a refund for the carbon offset purchased?
If you cancel your registration to the event, you will be able to request a refund for the carbon offset fee paid during registration. Contact the customer service team for the event for more information.
What else can I do to be sustainable at the event?
There are many ways you can make sustainable choices, and our all events have a range of sustainability features and considerations built in too.
In and around the event, where possible choose public transport and walking over taxis. When booking accommodation, consider choosing a hotel that has eco-certifications and ask about any specific programmes your hotel may have when you check in.
While at the event, be aware of the waste you are generating, reducing it where possible and using the recycling bins provided. It’s also good for the environment to choose at least one plant-based meal a day.
And don't forget to look out for special programming and panels focused on sustainability as well.
Who can I contact for more information?
For more information about the registration process or the event you are attending, contact the event’s customer services team. To learn more about Informa’s carbon offset programme, reach out to the Sustainability team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability at Informa
Informa has achieved CarbonNeutral certification, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol and we are working to become a zero waste and net zero carbon business by 2030.
Our events also have features designed to minimise environmental impact. The event may be powered by renewable electricity, use efficient lighting, reusable stands and sustainable carpeting, or have initiatives promoting recycling and minimising waste.