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How virtual events help reduce CO2 emissions

Posted: 24 / 02 / 2021
How virtual events help reduce CO2 emissions
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In the past, volcanoes released most of the CO2 in the atmosphere, but that has changed since nowadays, fuel combustion to produce electricity, fuel combustion for transport and industry are the main causes of emissions. Specifically in Spain, transport is the largest producer of CO2 emissions with more than 35% compared to the other contributors, according to data from Newtral. (www.newtral.es)

Throughout 2020, emissions have fallen by up to 7% compared to 2019 due to the global pandemic, as travel and industrial activity have decreased, in addition to lower electricity generation. Despite this, global CO2 concentrations have kept rising. According to the UNEP report, if we compare this data with the real reductions required to fight global warming, it implies a reduction of only 0.01 ºC, which is far from the objective of keeping the increase below 2ºC which was agreed in the Paris Agreement (2015).

This is a problem that affects all people in the world equally and if we do not raise our awareness and do something to avoid it, there will be no turning back. There are small actions in our daily lives that if we change them, we contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and therefore we could leave a better world to new generations, such as the following:
- The 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
- Eating a diet with a low carbon footprint
- Consume renewable energy
- Reducing the use of private cars and increasing the use of public transport.

Although these actions may seem insignificant, if all citizens are aware of them, over time they will lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Virtual events also contribute to the fight against climate change because, as it is not a face-to-face event, it prevents the consumption of many of the resources that are usually required. 

Gathering so many people from different parts of the world in the same place means that they all have to travel in different vehicles, which increases carbon dioxide emissions. So, by bringing all attendees together virtually in one place, it will take away the environmental impact and so companies can help in this battle. In addition, traditional events often produce large amounts of waste such as plastics, glass, paper, decorations, food, etc. Thanks to the virtualisation of events, all this waste can go away.

Here are the figures:
- Up to 58 kg CO2 reduction in air travel (per person/100 km);
- 38.8 kg less CO2 for land travel (per person/100 km);
- 44.3 kg CO2 reduction in hotel stays (per person per night);
- In conclusion, up to 3.8 tonnes less energy consumption (per 100m2).

All this will help companies to get involved in the fight against climate change and in turn, meet their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives, committing to perform actions that help to improve our planet so that we can keep enjoying it for many more years. 

If you are interested in organising a virtual event and need advice, please do not hesitate to contact us without any obligation, we will be happy to help you!