Asia Pacific Cities Summit to walk the talk in sustainability

The Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) and Mayors’ Forum is the region’s premier Summit that brings together one of the largest number of city leaders with the best and brightest in business to enable them to build relationships and effectively contribute to the success and sustainability of our cities into the future.

Brisbane based destination management and sustainability leader EarthCheck will be helping the Summit to measure and reduce its carbon footprint in keeping with the forum’s theme of resilient and healthy cities. To calculate the APCS footprint, EarthCheck is using EventCheckTM a solution that provides event organisers with a toolkit for strategic planning and a practical framework to measure and minimise the impact of the event.

EarthCheck Founder and CEO, Stewart Moore has commended APCS on its commitment to achieving more sustainable operational outcomes for the event.

“Globally, the events sector has become a multi-billion dollar industry and that’s why it’s important to see an event as influential as APCS leading the way for sustainable events delivery in the Asia Pacific region,” Mr Moore said.

“Together we can work to position Brisbane as a leading sustainable MICE destination for both leisure visitors and business travelers.”

An initiative of Brisbane City Council, APCS will transform the host city of Brisbane into a global meeting place for key decision-makers and influencers throughout the Asia Pacific region. APCS will implement several green initiatives across the four-day summit to align with its theme of sustainability. Initiatives include the banning of single-use plastics, installation of water stations at various locations for water bottle re-fills, and pre-planned transportation routes to keep carbon emissions to a minimum.

APCS will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) which is an EarthCheck Gold Certified Convention Centre that has demonstrated a continuous commitment of more than nine years to sustainable venue operations and best management practices. Areas of focus within BCEC include community consultation and engagement, environmental policy, energy efficiency, water conservation and waste management and resource recovery. Their organic food waste dehydrator turns 100kg of organic waste generated by the Centre into 10kg of SoilFood™, a nutrient rich safe to handle soil enhancer. This is donated to the City Parklands Services and used in the South Bank and Roma Street Parklands.