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The climate emergency – SEWF’s commitment to sustainability

by Helen Harvey / August 2022

The climate emergency is upon us. Together with our Australian Co-host, White Box Enterprises we’re doing all we can to ensure this event leaves a minimal impact on our planet.  

Here are just a few of the big and small steps we’re taking. 

Setting our Sustainability Strategy from the outset 

Ahead of our events this year we worked with an expert-led Sustainability Committee to develop the SEWF 2022 Sustainability Strategy. The SEWF 2022 Sustainability Statement summarises our approach, some of which is included below. 

Including mandatory carbon offsets 

All tickets (Digital Passes and Physical Passes) for SEWF22 include a mandatory carbon offset. This will be split between two social enterprise partners, SELCO Foundation in India as our international partner and the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation as our Australian partner. 

Zero-waste wherever we can  

SEWF22 will be a zero-waste event but what does this actually mean? 

  • We’re working exclusively with local suppliers and caterers, opting for the most sustainable options and not over-ordering. 
  • We’re hiring sustainable exhibitor pods and briefing exhibitors on sustainable choices ahead of time (no paper flyers! No plastic giveaways!).
  • We’re choosing ethically produced clothing that will continue to be worn after the event. 
  • We’re going digital, wherever we can, including the ‘Delegate Handbook’ (where you’ll find the program, site map and more). 
  • We’re avoiding single-use plastics or other landfill-bound items. This means our lanyards and name tags are compostable, or generic enough to be re-used for another event. 
  • We’re providing multi-bin waste stations with waste educators ready to help with information on which items belong in the compost bin, recycling bin or landfill bin.  
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Attending SEWF22 in person? 

Be sure to pack a reusable drink bottle, a lunchbox, your own set of pen and paper and to charge all necessary devices prior to arrival. 

Hybrid technology 

We’ve invested in hybrid technology to minimise the need for international travel as well as reduce barriers to access. 

Measuring our carbon impact and reporting back 

We’ve also invested in a leading carbon calculator for the event sector to calculate the overall carbon impact of hosting the event. The data collected will be published in a report to benchmark against other social and commercial sector events. 

Climate throughout the program 

“Climate Solutions” is one of our five priority themes for 2022. Here are five sessions not to miss!  Check out the full program here  

SEWF22 (28-29 September) is a hybrid event with options for participation in person in Brisbane and online.  

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Helen Harvey is SEWF's Event Director