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Singapore launches MICE industry guidelines for carbon emissions management

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Singapore launches MICE industry guidelines for carbon emissions management
Guidelines for carbon emissions management are the latest push in Singapore’s drive towards greater sustainability awareness and adoption by the business events industry.

Launched at the Singapore MICE Forum (SMF) at Sands Expo & Convention Centre on July 27, the “Workshop Agreement (WA) 4 Sustainable MICE – Guidelines for carbon emissions management” is a set of standards to support the Singapore MICE Sustainability Roadmap and Singapore Green Plan 2030 by providing guidelines for the industry to better manage carbon emissions.

Yap Chin Siang, deputy chief executive of Singapore Tourism Board (STB), said: “The launch of the new guidelines for carbon management is a critical step in our collective effort with SACEOS (Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers) to raise sustainability standards across the MICE industry and reinforces STB’s commitment in working with the industry to build a more sustainable tourism sector.”

STB and SACEOS are leading industry efforts to position Singapore as one of the most sustainable MICE destinations in Asia Pacific.

WA 4 covers guidelines and best practices for the measurement, reduction, calculation, verification and offset of carbon emissions for MICE events. It also provides an emissions-reporting template for reference. WA 4 complements WA 3 – Guidelines for waste management, which provides guidance and best practices on reducing waste at MICE events.

SACEOS will run WA 4 training workshops in the coming months to build capabilities among MICE stakeholders to build knowledge of how to reduce their carbon footprint.

The sustainability theme figured prominently in SMF panel sessions and especially at the inaugural MICE Sustainability Innovation Marketplace. Exhibitors showed various solutions to improve organisations’ sustainability performance, innovative ways to host sustainable events and leverage data analytics, robotics, energy optimisation, sustainable materials and food and beverage for greener events.

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