22nd SETAC Europe LCA Case Study Symposium | 20-22 September 2016

A Sustainable Meeting

Sustainability is the central subject in conferences on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and management and the 22nd SETAC Europe LCA Case Study Symposium 2016 in Montpellier will provide every opportunity to share and learn more about the latest developments.  

Intending to walk the talk, special emphasis was placed from the beginning on organising this conference with environmental and social sustainability principles in mind.

Jointly SETAC, Irstea, ELSA-PACT and Ciraig are doing above efforts to make this meeting as sustainable as possible and the conference organisers paid particular attention to issues like material reusability, local and seasonal food, avoiding food waste, and working with socially and environmentally engaged partners and suppliers.

For example, the food suppliers have been chosen among environmental and social aspects (local and seasonal ingredients, 100% biodegradable materials).

Another example is the will of the organisers to limit waste and to encourage the reuse of materials from the conference: The congress bags will be reusable as apron and recycled glasses will avoid the use of plastic ones during the event and could be brought back home and reused otherwise.

Furthermore, a dedicated study will be done by experts on the environmental footprint of the conference and the results will be disseminated during the event. 
In order to render our event more sustainable, the organizers and Quantis have teamed up to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the event. A LCA of the event will give us a better understanding of the real environmental impacts of the conference - both during the preparation phase and during the conference - by quantifying the environmental footprint of the event. The environmental assessment will also serve to raise awareness for this initiative to all of our stakeholders.
The scope of the study is as large as possible, including all activities linked to the SETAC CSS 2016: Transportation, accommodation, logistics, catering, waste, publications and printed material, security, procurement, HQ operations. During the conference, a special emphasis will be placed on food waste. 
The results of the LCA will also help manage the preparation and the running of the event by identifying the majors levers of improvements.
The results of the LCA will be presented during the conference.
Quantis’ is a global reference for environmental assessment and sustainability strategy of events and have worked on the following major events : 
  • Rio 2016 Olympic and paralympic games carbon footprint & offsetting
  • Sustainability reporting and LCA of the UEFA EURO EURO 2016 championship
  • LCA of the new FIA world championship for electric cars (Formula-E), held in Paris in 2016, and sustainability consulting based on a life cycle approach
  • Involvement into the sustainable management of mega events Expo Milano 2015
  • Environmental assessment of the UEFA Champions League Final in 2013
  • Carbon footprint and management of the theme « Environment and meteorology » of the bid committee of Annecy 2018 Olympic games candidacy  

SETAC Montpellier… the ambition to move from words to actions.