Environment

The PanSIG conference has had an Environmental officer since 2014, and we have been working to improve the environmental performance of the conference.

This includes local sourcing of sustainable products, reducing waste, and increasing recycling. Since some environmental impact is inevitable, especially from transport, we have also been arranging carbon offsets to compensate for our carbon footprint.

Carbon Offsets

At the 2015 Kobe conference, we collected 38,500 yen from attendees, which we contributed to a solar power generation project in Hyogo Prefecture.

At the 2016 Okinawa conference, we collected 74,000 yen from attendees, which we contributed to coral protection projects via Okinawa Prefecture Envrionmental Science Center.

The following are estimates of the emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent for recent conferences.

CO2 Emmissions for PanSIG
Year Venue People CO2 (tonnes) Offset %
2014 Miyazaki 250 47 N/A
2015 Kobe 300 32 12%
2016 Okinawa 400 195 23%

Five things you can do

  1. Think about the four R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse

  2. Bring your own water bottle, coffee mug, reusable chopsticks

  3. Consider eating a vegetarian meal

  4. Bring a notebook and pen

  5. Bring your own toothbrush

 

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