Environmental policy

We aim to be aware of the environment and we seek to minimise any negative impacts arising from our work or activities. Where we cannot eliminate substances, articles and processes that are environmentally unfriendly we will aim to reduce our use and move towards a cleaner world.

  1. Our travel. We encourage staff and delegates travelling to minimise unnecessary journeys, share transport and seek to use environmentally benign forms of transport wherever possible.
  2. Our meetings. We will run our meetings in an efficient and timely manner, to enable delegates and staff to plan their activities and minimise waste.
  3. Consumable items. We aim to order only as many items as necessary and so reduce waste.
  4. We will use paper that has been produced in accordance with recognised environmental standards, and printing processes using inks and toners that are environmentally benign.
  5. We aim to reduce, and if possible eliminate, the use of disposable items, especially single use plastics and non-recyclable items. We will request that drinks (water, tea, coffee etc.) are served in re-usable containers at our events and by our service providers.
  6. Drinking water should be tap water served from jugs into washable containers. Single use plastic bottled water should not be used. It is not acceptable for single use water containers with processors’ names or branding to appear on tables or lecterns.
  7. Food should be served in an environmentally acceptable way. Wherever possible plates and washable cutlery should be used. We will endeavour to provide sufficient, but not excessive, quantities of food to minimise food waste. We will respect dietary requirements and, where separate arrangements have been made for alternative diets, choices will be clearly labelled.
  8. Exhibitors bringing advertising materials to the IFBF should only bring sufficient for the intended purpose, and exhibitors will need to remove all their materials themselves at the end of the meeting.
  9. We will reduce the use of advertising and other printed materials that can only be used once by avoiding information that is dated wherever possible.

22 May 2020

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