14 August 2023

Tips For Organizing a 'Green' Exhibition

In the next few years environmental issues will still be a hot topic in various aspects of life. This is in line with the increasing awareness and commitment to minimize the impact of damage to the earth from human activities.

Starting from the simplest things such as not littering, using recycled products, to transformation using environmentally friendly energy. 

Apart from the large positive contribution to the country's economy, activities in the tourism sector and MICE ( meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions ) also have a negative impact on the environment. In exhibition activities, for example, visiting   exhibitors and visitors certainly contribute carbon emissions and produce waste.

So what can be done to reduce the negative impact? In order to reduce carbon emissions, you can use environmentally friendly public transportation.

If you have to fly by plane, try to choose direct flights that use more fuel efficiently. But it still can't, so you can take the carbon offset option , which is to neutralize the carbon produced by paying for it.

Regarding waste, it turns out that the amount of waste produced at an exhibition is not small. Reporting from Atlantis Press, according to research conducted by the International Exhibition Alliance in the UK in 2001, the average waste production at an exhibition reached 2,900 tons. The research results also stated that the cost of waste management from 823 exhibitions in the UK during 2001 reached USD 730 million or around IDR 10.9 trillion. 

To reduce waste production at an exhibition, several organizers , exhibitors and stand contractors have started using local and recyclable materials, reducing the use of plastic and using a modular system when building exhibition stands.

In addition, the use of technology also contributes to realizing an environmentally friendly exhibition concept. Such as the use of LEDs so that banner backdrops no longer need to be printed, as well as using energy-efficient lamps for lighting booths and exhibition halls.

The reason is, energy consumption in an exhibition is also not cheap. The research results also explain that the cost of energy consumption at an exhibition reaches approximately 10 percent of the operating income received by the organizer

No doubt several exhibition halls built in recent years have considered the energy consumption aspect in their design. Starting from maximizing air circulation to the use of natural lighting. 

Apart from that, the locations around the exhibition building should also be equipped with supporting facilities such as the availability of accommodation, food and beverage areas , as well as connectivity to and from public transportation. At some of the organizers ' favorite venues , all of these facilities can be reached on foot.

As a result, the use of the venue not only makes it easier for exhibitors and visitors to visit, as well as helps organizers in packing events, but also reduces carbon emissions in an exhibition event.   

Source: https://mice.kemenparekraf.go.id/news/9131d08c-ad17-4c90-9fcb-e4fe372a201e