Informa Markets' New Hope Network will pursue CarbonNeutral Event Certification for the first time at Natural Products Expo East 2022, which is scheduled for Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
By going carbon neutral, Natural Products Expo East continues to reduce as much greenhouse gas emissions as possible and compensate for the remaining carbon emissions the trade show emits from travel, hotel stays, energy-use, waste, etc. through the purchase of high-quality, ICROA-approved carbon offsets. The International Carbon Reduction & Offset Alliance, based in Switzerland, uses science to guide companies toward decarbonization to reach net-zero by 2050, according to its website.
"Every year we push for further improvements that put sustainability and our environment at the forefront of our shows and our business. Together with the natural products community we can ensure that our events are as sustainable as possible and help reduce any unavoidable impacts," says Lacey Gautier, vice president of events, Informa Markets' New Hope Network.
CarbonNeutral Event Certification demonstrates that Natural Products Expo East has achieved carbon neutrality in line with the CarbonNeutral Protocol. This third-party verified certification is administered by Climate Impact Partners, and is a global standard managed for over 20 years to deliver clean, conclusive and transparent carbon neutral programs.
Pursuing the CarbonNeutral Event Certification includes several key components:
- Offsetting water/electricity usage for event venues and host hotels while working closely with venues on ways to reduce energy use.
- Partnering with Terracycle to recycle all wall and railing clings, PPP and hard to recycle materials.
- Continuing to lower paper use and transition collateral to digital.
- A donation of more than 217,122 pounds of leftover food to charity partner Second Harvest following Natural Products Expo West 2022, the largest donation to date.
New Hope Network and several sponsors are making a significant investment toward funding carbon offset projects. A small portion of Natural Products Expo East's registration fees will also be allocated for this purpose. A full list of sustainability efforts at the upcoming Natural Products Expo East show is available on the website.