Reducing the impact of travelling to Sibos – Tree planting project
Travelling to Sibos impacts our environment. Sibos delegates can make a huge difference by planting trees which are known for cooling our climate, bringing water back and creating jobs to alleviate poverty. During the registration process, delegates can add 10 euros to their registration fee which will be put towards reforestation projects.
Sibos is partnering with WeForest on this tree planting project. WeForest advances innovative, scalable and lasting solutions to restore forest landscapes across the world. Trees are the most effective ‘technology’ when it comes to cooling our planet. They absorb the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (50% of a tree’s biomass is in fact carbon). Forests also make clouds by releasing water vapour and microscopic nuclei into the atmosphere, which reflects solar radiation back into space, contributing to a global cooling effect. The Sibos trees will be planted in India, supporting Khasi communities to regenerate their forest.
Ensuring a greener Sibos – working with the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)
Sustainable management has been a key feature of the MTCC’s corporate culture for many years, and this has translated into numerous innovative and award-winning actions.
- Energy conservation: The MTCC has reduced the total energy consumed by their building by 20% over the past eight years through measures such as increasing efficiency, retrofitting older lighting, using motion detectors in their meeting rooms and replacing and modernising their old natural gas boilers.
- Waste diversion: The MTCC diverts 90% of their waste from landfill.
- Clean, green electricity: The MTCC was the first convention centre in Canada to offer clean, renewable power. This achievement was made possible through a special partnership with Bullfrog Power, a leading Canadian provider of 100% green electricity.
- Green roof: The South Building is home to an enormous 300,000 sq ft green roof. This seven acre green space comes complete with a park and benches for public enjoyment. It offers many environmental benefits to both the Convention Centre and the City of Toronto, including reduced energy consumption, reduction in cooling costs and beautification of the overall cityscape.
- Food bank donations: Every year the MTCC recycles food by donating leftovers to local food banks in the city of Toronto. Almost 60,000 meals were donated in 2016 alone. The MTCC donates regularly to the TDSB’s Student Nutrition Program and Second Harvest, as well as several local food pantries such as Scott Mission and Margaret’s Community Support Services
- Water conservation: All water fixtures have been upgraded to low flow, high efficiency units. More than 15,000m³ of water is saved per year.
- Deep water cooling: The MTCC was the first facility in Toronto to be on Enwave Energy's Deep Lake Water Cooling system. Launched in 2004, this unique system uses extremely cold water extracted from the depths of nearby Lake Ontario to cool the South Building, resulting in significant reductions in electricity consumption and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
- In the spring of 2016, four honey bee hives were installed on the roof of the South Building, next to the Roof Top Herb Garden. The hives produced 60kg of honey which was incorporated into the culinary and pastry teams’ recipes. In addition to complimenting the Centre’s local food program, this initiative supports the rapidly declining bee population caused by pesticide use, climate change, and habitat loss.
- The MTCC’s landscaping plan has been changed to specifically support bees, butterflies, and other local pollinators which have seen their habitats rapidly decline. The plant species selected are also primarily native to southern Ontario. This landscaping technique will not only help to support the natural ecosystem and local wildlife, but will also require less ongoing care, such as fertilising and watering, and therefore greatly minimise the environmental footprint of the MTCC’s landscaping needs.
Recycling badges and lanyards
This year’s attendee badges and lanyards will be collected for recycling after use. Sibos is working with Arts Junktion – a depot for receiving and distributing donated materials and supplies to be used in educational and creative programs within the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).