SAPICS 2019 Post-Conference Ezine - Page 29



SAPICS E-ZINE SEP 2019
SAPICS 2019 WAS CARBON
NEUTRAL - THANKS TO CHEP
SAPICS was delighted to
once again collaborate with
conference sponsor and
exhibitor CHEP to make the
2019 SAPICS Conference a
carbon neutral event.
the Meru and Nanyuki Community
Reforestation project in Kenya. This
community project based in the foothills
of Mount Kenya combines hundreds of
individual tree planting activities and
enables local communities to improve
access to food and create additional
sources of income beyond subsistence
farming. In addition to generating revenue
from the sale of carbon credits, the
project provides training and facilities to
improve crop production, grow trees as
sources of food and medicine, and use
wood more efficiently as fuel.
T
his means that all emissions
associated with the event,
including attendees’ travel, energy
consumption, waste emissions and other
carbon impacts, were offset through
the purchase of carbon credits. Carbon
offsetting enables companies to reduce
and measure the emissions associated
with their products and services. Carbon
Credits are purchased from a variety
of global, emission reduction projects,
offsetting remaining emissions to net zero.
These projects also deliver economic,
social and environmental benefits to the
local communities.
The competition that CHEP ran at its
stand was also a resounding success,
creating awareness of the importance of
reducing our carbon footprint. Delegates
were asked to enter their travel details on
an IPad in a dedicated area on the stand.
They clicked on a website calculator
that CHEP developed specifically for the
event. Each time details were entered, the
CO2 emission savings were updated and
displayed on a TV screen. On day two of
the conference, CHEP had a lucky draw
for an iPad Mini. It was won by an ecstatic
Ayanda Nteta, a student at UKZN.
The 2019 SAPICS Conference was made
carbon neutral by CHEP supporting
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