Fed up with excuses

Fed up with excuses

I’m sorry to admit it – but I am getting rather fed up with all the excuses. Too often I hear event venues, hotels, agencies, and clients rattle off “justifications” for not implementing sustainability into their events and services.  “It’s too difficult; it’s too expensive; it takes too much time. My clients are not interested!” […]

Behind the scenes of a sustainable EU Presidency

“To have success in sustainability – you just have to make it sufficiently hard for yourself that it becomes easy”. This was the advice from Kirsten Aggersborg, the director of the super sustainable Hotel Axel in Copenhagen. I think there is some real value to this observation, and this is no where more true than […]

Embedding Sustainability into Copenhagen Meetings Industry

Recorded at EIBTM, Michael Luehrs interviews Steen Jakobsen, Director of Conventions at Wonderful Copenhagen. Steen talks about how Copenhagen has embraced sustainability and embedded it into the meetings product and culture of the MICE industry.  Steen shares the approach – called the Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol (designed by us), and how leadership, stakeholder engagement and […]

Business Case for Sustainable Events

At EIBTM I was interviewed by Paul Salinger, VP of Marketing at Oracle and President of the GMIC.  In this short video both Paul and I share some of our key views on the business case for sustainability: including perception that sustainable meetings are more expensive, reporting, measurement and supplier engagement. We also discuss about […]

Sustainable events: Examples & Strategy

When it comes to sustainable events, most professional meetings planners understand the ’why’ but not the ’how’. An intrepid few invest time and effort to piece together different tactics in support of a more responsible event, but rarely does the approach have any strategic plan. Rarer still are the events which produce a thoughtful report […]

Sust-Daneable even in the snow

Copenhagen Bike Capital of the World As you probably have read, over 37% of the Danes use the bicycle daily. The mayor’s goal is 50% and you can see his plan here. You could understand these fantastic figures in a country with a warm climate – but look at the pictures. Its snowing – cold […]

Climate Summit for Mayors

Mayors from the world’s biggest cities discuss their responsibility in climate change matters. If our teams in MCI Copenhagen were not busy enough with cop15, for the last couple of days they have been providing PCO services for the Copenhagen Climate Summit for Mayor The City Hall of Copenhagen has seen its fair share of […]

COP15 Event Carbon Strategy

Continuing with their solid sustainable event management leadership, the Danish government has decided tooffset the entire measured emisions of the cop15 climate conference. The UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn has an initial estimate of the overall emissions from COP15 at 40,500 tonnes of CO2. However with the greater number of attendees the figure will be much […]

COP15 conforms to BS8901 certification standard!

Hot off the press! Danish Certification issued today their official report which confirms “The management system used to plan and deliver COP15 conforms to BS 8901:2009″.  For sustainable event enthusiasts, this is much welcome news. For those of us with MCI Sustainability Services, who have worked behind the scenes to help document and guide the […]

Business leaders call for clear climate policies

I am at the World Business Summit on Climate Change and with a little help from Reuters would like to share some views from the UN secretary General Industry should play its part in the fight against climate change by persuading governments to aid carbon cuts rather than lobbying against them, the U.N. Secretary-General told […]