ASEF 2018 Update: A Zero Carbon Event

In order to make the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum carbon-neutral, we have partnered with Ekos to offset our combined carbon footprint, with a $5 dollar offset contribution that you can choose to add-on when purchasing a ticket.

What does Carbon Offset for ASEF mean?

We are designing this event to be as sustainable as possible, with no stone left unturned. Our venue partner, Wellington Zoo is already a certified CarboNZero venue, which means any emissions that could be released into the atmosphere through their daily operations are minimised by design and their remaining footprint is offset by purchasing carbon credits.

What are carbon credits?

Although we are working to make this event as sustainable as possible, a strong gathering like this still creates unavoidable carbon emissions through things like travel, heating and waste to landfill. Purchasing carbon credits allows us to offset these unavoidable carbon emissions and measurably reduce our footprint to be carbon-neutral.

For our event, we have partnered with Ekos, a New Zealand social enterprise that generates carbon credits by planting and maintaining to New Zealand native and Pacific forests. The $5 carbon offset add-on on your ASEF ticket goes directly to Ekos.

Why you should add on the $5 to your ticket price

We understand that if you’re choosing to attending ASEF, you’re likely already mindful of sustainability and your own carbon footprint, which is why we have made the carbon offset an opt-in extra for you to choose. For a small additional charge of $5, you can make a positive contribution towards the events’ environmental responsibility.

If everyone chooses the $5 dollar add-on, together we will be on our way to being a Zero Carbon certified event.

More about Ekos

Ekos is at the forefront of transition to a low carbon economy. Ekos is more than a business, it is a movement that makes going Zero Carbon accessible for small and large businesses alike.

Their carbon credits are of the highest quality, coming directly from indigenous forest projects in New Zealand and the Pacific. They focus on the most vulnerable environments and communities, developing sustainable projects that deliver on social, environmental and economic outcomes. As a social enterprise and charitable trust, their profits go back in to growing and protecting forests and communities.

What else are we doing at ASEF to ensure a sustainable event?

  • Food packaging is composted
  • Food waste is composted
  • Sustainably sourced/local food and drink
  • Paperless event, with only necessary signage
  • Plant-based meals
  • No swag bags, and encouraging attendees to bring reusable items
  • Encouraging public transport or zero carbon transport alternatives.
  • Reusable lanyards

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