A sustainable forum

IUCN is dedicated to leading by example and committed to organising events more sustainably. The IUCN World Conservation Congresses in 2016 (Hawai’i, USA) and 2021 (Marseille, France) achieved ISO 20121 for the event sustainability and management system, an international recognition for efforts to minimise their environmental impacts. To ensure that best standard practices are aligned across IUCN events, IUCN is currently drafting a best-in-class global sustainability policy. This policy will cover travel, venue operations, catering, waste, digital waste, among other topics.

At the IUCN IUCN Leaders Forum 2022, participants compensated 86% of on-site CO2 emissions; at the IUCN Leaders Forum 2023, 100% of CO2e linked to the organisation and the attendance to the event (including transportation to the event) have been offset. Details about the IUCN Leaders Forum 2023 sustainability approach and results are available in the Forum’s sustainability report.

Following a successful collaboration with the Global Destination Sustainability Movement on the global sustainability approach for the IUCN Leaders Forum 2023, IUCN renews this collaboration and its commitment to sustainable event practices for the IUCN Leaders Forum 2024. The event sustainability approach will soon be available on this webpage. 

Read our IUCN Leaders Forum 2023 Sustainability Report for details on results and reporting from the 2023 Leaders Forum. 

Palexpo solar panels
Palexpo has the second largest solar power plant in Switzerland.

Find out more about Palexpo’s sustainability initiatives here.