Watch the video above to see nine things Davos 2020 is doing to be carbon neutral
This year, the meeting’s sustainability actions will be focused on four key areas: materials, food, transport and emissions.
1. A sustainable menu
The event’s menu is 90 per cent seasonal and at least 50 per cent plant-based. And one whole day is dedicated to vegetarian food.
2. More eco-friendly transport
This year, event cars and buses are 88 per cent hybrid, compared to 66 per cent in 2019. To facilitate access, free shuttles, public buses and discounted train tickets are on offer, although walking is encouraged by the provision of a walking map to all participants.
It also works with partners in the aviation industry to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent.
3. Reducing single-use plastic
The 2020 forum will completely remove single-use plastic for beverages and bags.
Where the materials come from is also important – Davos says that all materials are obtained responsibly. For example, paint used at the event is produced from algae, a renewable source.
4. Limiting energy consumption
The forum uses 100% renewable electricity and the best-in-class insulation and heating systems.
5. 25% less waste
The event aims for a circular economy, eliminating waste through recycling and reusing materials.
6. Responsible sourcing
All materials are obtained responsibly, for example, paint is produced from algae, a renewable source.
7. 100% emissions offset
Anything that cannot be eliminated, such as air travel by attendees and staff, will be offset by investing in plans to reduce carbon emission levels in the atmosphere. In 2019, 35,000 tonnes of CO2 were offset.
8. Supporting energy transition
The transition to clean energy is key in fighting the climate crisis but progress has stagnated. The forum seeks to encourage energy investments, technologies and solutions.
9. Taking action
The WEF aims to accelerate and expand action against global warming through partnerships and by bringing together a global network of business leaders to develop cost-effective solutions.