We are striving to make ICRS 2020 as sustainable and climate-neutral as possible. Inspired by the example of COP23 in Bonn, Germany, the ICRS 2020 organising committee is cooperating with local organisations in the areas of sustainable management, energy efficiency, renewable energies, and carbon-offsetting. With these partners, ICRS 2020 is working to (1) minimise waste and local CO2 emissions, and (2) offset all unavoidable CO2 emissions arising from local activities and air travel.
The Bremen Exhibition & Conference Center has taken measures to achieve a low carbon footprint. Solar panels installed on the roofs of exhibition halls 4 to 7 generate 750,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year providing ca. 25 percent of all of its energy requirements annually. The balance of energy needs are covered exclusively by renewable energies. The entire conference center is illuminated with energy-saving LED lamps and a combined heat and power unit provides heat with reduced CO2 emissions.
ICRS 2020 is developing a sustainable model concept for vegetarian conference catering based on regional and seasonal products in collaboration with our partners Energiekonsens and Esscooltur.
This pioneering project is funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), which supports innovative, exemplary and solution-oriented projects for the protection of the environment.
The Bremen Exhibition & Conference Center is located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible by foot, bicycle, or public transport. A large selection of accommodations, restaurants, and the historic city centre are within walking distance. The city centre is only 12 minutes by tram from Bremen Airport. Bicycles for hire with online booking are available throughout the city. The use of public transport during the week of the ICRS 2020 is expected to be free of charge for all participants.
Unavoidable local CO2 emissions will be offset by payments to the "Bremer Klimafonds", a local corporate environmental campaign for climate protection that supports social and cultural organisations for their energy efficiency projects. In addition, certified local renaturation projects, such as the already established regional "peat wetting", are supported. Renaturated peat landscapes are known to bind CO2 efficiently for many decades.
To offset the CO2 emissions of delegates travelling to Bremen, our partners at KlimaInvest, a climate-neutrality agency based in Hamburg, have identified a number of certified remediation projects in the immediate vicinity and/or with a positive impact on local coral reefs, which can be supported.
The current list of identified projects includes:
1. Mangrove restoration and conservation
2. Coastal forest conservation
3. Methane recovery
4. Wind farm construction
For the successful implementation of a complete carbon offset, supporters are still needed to cover the associated costs. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting our efforts to make ICRS 2020 a climate-neutral global event.
ICRS 2020 Conference Secretariat
Dr. Malik Naumann
The ICRS 2020 Conference Secretariat was established in September 2016 at the University of Bremen. Since then the Conference Secretariat has been working according to the sustainability guidelines established by the certification of the University of Bremen according to EU EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).
EMAS is a premium management tool developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to assess, report and improve their environmental performance. The University of Bremen, German representative for the EU Commission EMAS Award 2019, is a partner in the HOCH-N sustainability network of higher education institutions in Germany.