Sustainability at the Big-Data.AI Summit
The Big-Data.AI Summit 2022 is carbon neutral
Sustainable event planning
The German Federal Office for Environment defines the term climate protection with a simple principle of action from forestry: Those who use natural resources should make sure that future generations can still benefit from them. For us, this means using resources responsibly and paying attention to environmentally friendly as well as efficient concepts. As the organiser of the Big-Data.AI Summit, we can therefore make an active contribution to climate protection by conserving resources, saving energy and helping to raise awareness of climate protection when executing the event.
Framework and strategy
The Sustainable Event Scorecard from visitBerlin is used as the basis for action and evaluation of the sustainability of Bitkom events. This provides an overview of the measures achieved for each event. It is based on existing established frameworks and standards. These include the German "Guidelines for the sustainable organization of events" of the German Federal Office for Environment and ISO 20121 - sustainable events.
Based on the 13 fields of action and 47 possible measures for a more sustainable realisation of events, we follow the strategy: avoid, reduce and compensate. The fields of action of event management range from travel to communication. Specific measures and KPIs are defined for each field of action. The individual measures are assessed with points that make it possible to make sustainable events measurable, comparable and transparent.
To ensure that we as Bitkom do our part to protect the climate, we implement strategies that make our events more sustainable. To do this, we are working with ClimatePartner to offset the CO2 emissions caused that we cannot avoid. If you wish, you can make a climate protection contribution when booking your event ticket. The principle of avoid, reduce, compensate also applies to us.
What this means for #BAS22
The Big-Data.AI Summit 2022 is carbon neutral. This means that, together with our partner ClimatePartner, we have calculated all the CO2 emissions that will be generated: From guest travel and the number of overnight stays to event technology and energy to food and beverages. We have offset these emissions via a high-quality, internationally recognized climate protection project.
The principle of carbon neutrality
Companies, processes and products are carbon neutral if their carbon emissions have been calculated and offset by supporting internationally verified carbon offset projects. As well as avoiding and reducing carbon emissions, offsetting is another crucial step in climate action. Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide spread out evenly in the atmosphere, meaning that the greenhouse gas concentration is the same all over the world. It is therefore irrelevant when it comes to greenhouse gas concentration – and global warming – where the emissions are caused or avoided. Emissions that cannot be avoided and reduced at the source can therefore be offset elsewhere through carbon offset projects.
Our carbon offset project: Solar energy, Omaheke, Namibia
More than sixty percent of Namibia's energy is imported from the South African energy pool, which is mainly supplied by fossil-fuel power plants. To reduce this dependence, the carbon offset project in Omaheke near the town of Gobabis in Namibia uses the sun as a climate-friendly energy source: The solar plants constructed in 2017 include 18,560 PV solar modules and have a total capacity of 12.064 MW. As a result, approximately 26.1 GWh of clean electricity is fed into the Namibian power grid annually. This sustainable power generation saves an average of about 25,760 tonnes of CO2
emissions per year.
In addition to reducing emissions and improving Namibia's energy self-sufficiency, the project is also having a positive impact on the local labor market. Since construction began, 30 jobs have been created, at least eight of which will be dedicated to the long-term operation and maintenance of the plant. Find out more about this project here.
How does solar energy help fight global warming?
Since energy from solar panels is created without burning fossil fuels, it is considered emission-free. The growth of renewable energy production is essential to prevent global warming and secure energy supplies for the future. The amount of emissions saved by a solar energy project is calculated using the baseline method: how much CO2 would be released by generating the same amount of energy using standard energy production methods for the region?