The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit which starts in
Bangkok on 14 November is highlighting the extent to which events can be
green and how Thailand is responding to this challenge.
Indonesia’s G20 presidency meanwhile, will come to an end this week,
with the G20 Leaders’ Summit being hosted in Bali, Indonesia on 15 and
16 November 2022. The G20 platform has provided a welcome boost for the
destination’s MICE industry and a series of events and side events are
taking place back-to-back with the Bali Summit, helping to boost the
destination’s MICE recovery efforts.
APEC says it is advocating an environmental approach to events at
every opportunity, with materials and resources recycled to reduce
environmental impacts in line with sustainability guidelines. In
addition, it says, the concept of a green meeting and calculating carbon
footprints will help to raise awareness of ways to promote energy
savings and waste reduction.
Participants at APEC will be encouraged to use a mobile application
to access event details and they can also register to receive digital
files, with the aim of reducing paper waste. In addition, eco-friendly
credentials are being reinforced through venues, with the event taking
place at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, which recently
completed a renovation using environmentally friendly materials.
As well, Cambodia's Phnom Penh has just hosted the ASEAN Summit which
saw ASEAN as well as world leaders, including US president Joe Biden
and xxx, coming together to pledge their commitment to tackle the
biggest issues such as climate and health security.