How to calculate the carbon footprint of your event

Well before the Paris Climate Agreement was signed at an event called COP21, the events industry has played a major role in connecting global leaders to tackle the climate crisis. But the industry itself is a huge source of carbon emissions.

Emissions from catering, powering, temperature control and travel (the worst contributor of them all) can add up quickly. Even small, international events can have a footprint equal to thousands of car journeys – which is why virtual experiences could be your eco-friendly option.

Who knew event organizers were a company’s greatest climate champions?

Performers, speakers and delegates are now concerned about the environmental impact of the events they participate in, but the increasing number of pledges for Net Zero Carbon Events demonstrates how ​​organizers, venues, exhibitors and suppliers are working to minimize this impact.

And it isn’t just about good business practice companies can seriously save on costs here. Back when Microsoft eliminated plastic water bottles at their events, it resulted in $600,000 in savings!

So are you ready to make your events carbon neutral? This checklist has been designed to help you:

  • Measure carbon emissions generated by your event
  • Plan an event that reduces carbon emissions
  • Offset the remaining emissions (or part of your event)


Download the Event Carbon Checklist