Carbon Neutral Virtual Events
MEETYOO events are net zero
Our vision is to decarbonize the event industry by creating outstanding digital events.
MEETYOO is actively reducing and offsetting its carbon footprint with the help of Plan A, a TÜV certified Berlin startup that focuses on "carbon accounting" for businesses.
We've decided to take major strides in this area after learning that the annual carbon footprint for the global event industry is responsible for more than 10% of global CO₂ emissions.
We started compensating for our 2021 emissions of 136t CO₂ in 2022 making us a carbon-neutral organization.
MEETYOO offsets all carbon emissions
We support a wide range of certified projects that aim to reduce emissions in various fields and regions such as Germany, France, the USA, and Latin America. You can incorporate any of these themes and organizations into your next sustainable virtual event. See the different projects we are supporting and other sustainable event management tips below.
Stakeholders and attendees will enjoy this new topic of conversation and you can use a tree campaign to spread the word about your event. Allocating trees by name to individual participants is also a huge crowd puller and a fun way to share the joy.
How we minimize our carbon footprint
- Analyze MEETYOOs operational CO₂ emissions with scientific support.
- Compensate emissions in cooperation with certified environmental organizations.
- Ongoing reduction of carbon emissions with our suppliers and partners.
We use the sustainable AWS cloud servers
Hosting your events on AWS cloud servers is a greener alternative. Why?
- CO₂ emissions are reduced by 88% as data centers offer scalable environmental benefits: 77% fewer servers, and 84% less power
- AWS aims to use 100% renewable energy by 2025
- AWS purchases and retires environmental attributes
Organize your event online to save CO₂
Understand the reduction potential of digital events. With our CO₂ calculator, you can get a first estimate of how much you can reduce your emissions by going virtual.
How to make your event more sustainable
We are helping our customers to reduce their carbon footprint with virtual and hybrid events, through offsetting and emission reduction, and generating awareness for a more sustainable lifestyle. Here are some concepts we have already put into practice.
Planting trees for our community and offsetting CO2
When we organized our Deep Dive event series "The Future of Digital Events", we wanted to do something for our environment - so we decided to support a reforestation project and plant trees on behalf of all our live event participants. We partnered with Tree-Nation to sponsor 423 trees that were planted in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming. This means a total of 67.68t of CO₂ emissions offset! We thanked our attendees, letting them know a tree was planted in their name, and shared our forest's official page.
Through reforestation and conservation projects, organizations like Tree-Nation can help restore forests, create jobs, support local communities, and protect biodiversity.
Partnerships with NGOs for marine conservation
The Deep Dive Series "the Future of Digital Events" had a virtual environment with a nautical theme, so we decided to use this platform to draw attention to the protection of the seas.
Over the course of 2021, we partnered with everwave, Coral Guardian and Healthy Seas and donated several thousand euros to support clean-up efforts in areas of the ocean affected by plastic. We also added a multimedia library with information and materials about preserving the sea and its wildlife.
How to create a sustainable virtual event
We've set up a step-by-step guide with tips and tricks on how to make your next event sustainable. This guide will review how to produce the best sustainable virtual event. This starts with some specific planning, partnering with NGOs, fun gamification, sustainable alternatives to bringing an event inside participants’ homes, and the wonders of going hybrid. Read the full article here.
Event experts about sustainability
Keeping the discussion alive and educating people on topics such as sustainable events and avoidable carbon emissions is key to a greener future. We have summarized some advice and thoughts from the event experts who participated in the panel discussion of our latest digital event with a focus on sustainability.
"Current events must be thoroughly reconsidered:
1. Companies are part of the business environment and must address the climate crisis.
2. Climate research is a source of knowledge and solutions, but we do not use it.
3. There is a need for a common approach to tackle climate change worldwide.
Sustainability is a journey that cannot be made overnight. We must commit to this journey and help educate people on this issue."
Co-founder and CEO of PlanA.Earth GmbH
Co-founder of Greentech Alliance
"I would like to encourage event organizers and visitors to be aware of sustainability.
As organizers, what do you want people to take away with them? Does this require personal presence? If so, what can be done to make the event more sustainable? Can we do this as a hybrid event?
If we offer personal presence, we have to ask ourselves whether it would not be better to do it virtually. A truly strategic and deliberate approach is important for all of us and for all stakeholders: How can we maximize efficiency?"
Samuel C. Stephens
Chief – AB InBev Foundation
"We need to define a measurement method for the event industry to show how sustainable an event is. We need to create a culture of transparency.
Customers and organisations are asking important questions, because they want to know how they can measure success, quality and sustainability. This is especially true for the automotive industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the IT sector.
So actually all major industries are aware of this and you cannot survive in the market today if you do not build the sustainability aspect into your event management model."
Co-founder at CONVENTA
"Sustainability will become more and more important. We will see that the bottom lines and the figures of companies will be affected if they do not take a sustainable approach, if companies do not show improvement in this aspect and in the way they organize their events.
We have already seen this happen in the construction sector. There is enormous pressure at the moment, so the events industry will not be far behind, because either the government will impose stricter conditions, or there will be governmental targets for more sustainability in certain sectors and services."
Co-founder and editor of the event industry news (EIN)
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