Venue signs pledge for zero-carbon events

“I am delighted to announce today that Exhibition Place has joined the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge. With over 100 signatories, making it the most global and inclusive collaborative action to address the challenges of climate change in the events industry, said the CEO. , Place of exhibition Laura Purdy. “We believe that through continued collaborative work across the global events industry, we will be able to make rapid and essential progress towards reducing the overall carbon footprint.”

Exhibition Place is home to the award-winning LEED Platinum Enercare Center, from Canada the world’s largest exhibition and convention center, and the Beanfield Centre’s LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, titled GREENSmart, which includes the promotion of sustainability, environmental initiatives, and leading green technologies and practices throughout the venue.

“We are proud to be united with a global network of events and industry players to fight climate change, with the ultimate goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing. ‘by 2050,” said the CEO of Exhibition Place. Don Boyle. “Exhibition Place emphasizes sustainability, environmental stewardship and reduced carbon emissions throughout its day-to-day operations and when considering pursuing new projects. Our sustainable power generation initiatives renewable energy, conservation and waste diversion, as well as the 3,045 trees we have located on the grounds, all contribute to efforts to reduce carbon emissions at Exhibition Place and have established Exhibition Place as a world leader in energy efficient technologies. »

Exhibition Place’s environmental initiatives have resulted in award-winning recognition across North Americaand are Silver 3RCertified, which is a points-based certification program from the Recycling Council of Ontario which examines how organizations manage solid waste reduction and diversion operations. It assesses all aspects of a building’s waste management program, with an emphasis on material reduction and diversion, focusing on the commitment to the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

Exhibition Place has a geothermal power plant installed on its site. This plant replaced the conventional heating/cooling system with a geothermal heat pump system. Geothermal heat pumps are technologies that take advantage of the nearly constant temperature underground (regardless of the season) to heat and cool buildings. The geothermal plant saves 110,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and more than 15,000 cubic meters of natural gas, which translates into combined savings of approximately $18,000 and a reduction in carbon emissions of 34 tonnes.

At Exhibition Place, two green roof pilot projects were successful in reducing HVAC costs in underlying structures, improving site stormwater management and ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions. tight. Green roofs are lightweight roofs designed to encourage vegetation growth while protecting the structural integrity of the roof.

In June 2017, Exhibition Place has installed beehives on the green roof of the Enercare Centre. The bees produce 20 kg of honey per harvest. By housing a colony of bees, Exhibition Place impacts the urban environment by contributing to the pollination of the neighborhood within a radius of five kilometers around the buildings.

The wind turbine located on the waterfront at Exhibition Place, installed in 2002, became the first urban wind turbine in North America, an initiative of the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative (TREC) and Toronto Hydro Energy Services. It can generate up to one million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which translates into annual savings of approximately $120,000. It also helps displace some of the harmful chemicals responsible for smog and acid rain. The wind turbine at Exhibition Place offsets 226 tonnes of greenhouse gas reduction, which is equivalent to the emissions of 41 typical households or removing 48 cars from the road per year, and the electricity is sufficient to meet the needs in electricity to 89 homes per year.

Sustainability has long been a priority for the events industry. Tied to programs such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Guidelines (UNSDGs), industry initiatives have addressed everything from waste management and energy conservation to sourcing and manufacturing practices. local hiring. The Net Zero Carbon Events pledge is the result of global collaboration across the events industry. Over the past few months, facilitated by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), with support from the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Secretariat.

By signing the Pledge, Exhibition Place commits to publishing our trajectory to reach net zero by 2050 at the latest, with an interim target consistent with the Paris Agreement requirement to reduce global GHG emissions 50% by 2030. Exhibition Place will work with partners, suppliers and customers to drive change across the value chain. To track progress towards the goals, Exhibition Place will measure and track its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with industry best practices. Finally, Exhibition Place will report on its progress at least every two years.

The Net Zero Carbon Events initiative brings together a wide range of event industry players to:

  • Jointly communicate industry commitment to fight climate change and achieve net zero by 2050
  • Develop common methodologies to measure direct, indirect and supply chain greenhouse gas emissions from industry
  • Build an industry-wide roadmap to net zero by 2050 and emissions reductions by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement and climate science, with support and advice on key issues
  • Foster collaboration with suppliers and customers to ensure alignment and common approaches
  • Establish common mechanisms for reporting progress and sharing best practices.

The next step for the Net Zero Carbon Events initiative is to develop the roadmap that will support the goals set out in the pledge. More information about the initiative on www.netzerocarbonevents.org

Exhibition’s venue

The exhibition venue is from Canada largest entertainment and convention venue, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral part of Toronto and from Ontario the economy, particularly with regard to conventions, sports, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Exhibition Place is home to the award-winning LEED Platinum Enercare Center, from Canada the world’s largest exhibition and convention center, and the Beanfield Centre’s LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, titled GREENSmart, which promotes sustainable development, environmental initiatives, and leading green technologies and practices.

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www.explace.on.ca @ExPlaceTO

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For further information: Sheri De Carlo, Exhibition Place, Director, Brand and Communications, (416) 807-7871, [email protected]

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