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Carbon footprint

The climate balloon aims at demonstrating the carbon footprintAn international conference causes a lot of environmental impacts, especially emission of carbon dioxide from travel. We calculated the carbon footprint of our event, and we are proud to announce, that the conference was almost "CO2-neutral".

This is our strategy for an ecofriendly conference:

  • We used electronic communication whereever possible and, thus, reduced the consumption of paper. We used recycled paper for all printings, which are really necessary.
  • We served organic food during the conference.
  • We offered public/common transportation during your stay in Stralsund.
  • We planted trees in the climate forest near Stralsund together with the participants. They will assimilate a lot of carbon dioxide during their lifetime.

Tree planting action and carbon footprint calculation PDF Print E-mail

The tree planting action in the climate forest took place on friday afternoon. It included information on the role of forests for climate protection.

The action was kindly hosted by the icon Forest Department Schuenhagen (630.52 kB).

Schedule of the action

  • approximately 1:00 p.m.: arrivel of participants by bus (from the excursions)
  • lunch
  • 2:00 p.m.: participants will be split off into small groups for the following activities:
    • tree planting
    • excursion to the forest
    • presentation of the climate footprint of the congress.
  • approximately 5:00 p.m.: departure of participants to Stralsund by bus

Above: The participants were instructed by the Forstamt Schuenhagen ... and filmed by the media group.
Below: Warming up ... and tree planting.
(Pictures by Sanine Langner and Romy Plonus, ANU M-V e.V.)

Beside this agenda, the participants discovered an "adult" forest ... and had a delicious lunch:

Climate protection

We planted a litte forest of 400 square meters. During its growth, this forest will absorb approximately 37 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and transform it to approximately 40 cubic meters of wood.

The CO2 emissions of our congress (see below) amount to a total of approximately 38 tons. So we proudly can announce, that the congress was almost climate neutral!

We planted our trees in the "Climate forest", see the following picture:

Carbon footprint calculation

Every type of human activity creates greenhouse gases emissions, whether directly or indirectly. Therefore, every company, administration or association may quite rightly take an interest in the emissions they generate. To enable them to act, they have to establish an analysis to find their room for manoeuvre.

In France, the Bilan carbone(R) method is a greenhouse gases emissions assessment tool created by the Ademe (agency for environnement and energy saving).

It is a method to calculate greenhouse gas emissions using easily-available data to properly assess the direct or indirect emissions produced by an activity or territory.  By listing sources of emissions according to their scale, it will be easier to prioritise the most effect emissions reduction actions.

A Bilan Carbone(R) was realised during the conference by the French partner AREHN. It involved the following aspects:

  1. Consumption of food,
  2. Travel to Germany and during the forum

The data were collected during the conference.

  • icon To the presentation from Romain Debray / AREHN (1.82 MB)
    Please take into account: The data in this presentation are based upon the inquiry of 80 participants. But the congress had 130 participants. For that reason, the absolute figures have to be updated. The absolute emission of CO2 is approximately 38 tons!

Everyone have to act in order to reduce the direct emissions produced by this conference. Take the train is better than the plane, when it is possible. For your information, a travel by plane between Paris-Berlin and Berlin-Paris is responsible of the emission of 0,43 ton of CO2 per person.


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