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Ingredients of a low-carbon, green congress

Meat-free day

What kind of impact do non-vegetarian diets have on the planet? According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), non-vegetarian diets account for 51 percent of the world’s yearly greenhouse gas emissions.

Reducing our consumption of meat products is a great way to help the environment.

Did you know that in 100 calories worth of broccoli, there is 11.2 g of protein, 182 mg of calcium and 2.2 mg of iron? The same amount of beef contains only 5.4 g of protein, 2.4 mg of calcium and 0.7 mg of iron.

With all this in mind, Future of Cities will offer an entirely vegetarian menu on 6 October.


Transportation which relies on fossil fuels emits large amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Future of Cities wants to be part of the solution, so we have arranged for bicycles to be available for transportation from hotels to the congress venue. Pedal to the congress and be an active part of the global movement to combat climate change.

Upcycled bag made from used banner

Have you heard about ‘Upcycling’? `Value Upgrading Recycling` is the process of upgrading the value of a product by recycling it for further use. A number of companies in Korea offer upcycled goods. The upcycled bag you received from Future of Cities was created by a Korean company using a discarded banner. Please promote upcycling by using this bag after the end of the congress.

Corn plastic cup

Paper cups are often found at meetings and conferences. They are used once and then thrown in the garbage. In order to give you a meaningful gift, while reducing waste, Future of Cities offers you a corn plastic cup to use for your congress beverages.

Pencil from recycled paper

Writing supplies are a necessity at a congress. Future of Cities offers you a pencil, made from recycled paper, to record all the important ideas during the plenaries and sessions.

Carbon offset

Future of Cities is closely monitoring its carbon footprint and will offset carbon emissions generated from the congress by funding a carbon absorption project. Your contribution to the carbon offset fund is greatly appreciated. Proceeds will go toward building a new park in Incheon Metropolitan City!

We wish you a successful and green congress!

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Greening the Congress and the Climate Legacy Initiative


Vision of a "green event"

The vision of a green event is to reduce the consumption of natural resources, avoid damage to the local and global environment, protect biodiversity and human health, reduce waste to a minimum, take ecological, social and economic aspects into account for future-oriented city development and offer sustainable development options to the local people, their environment and economy. This last point is an essential part of the greening legacy and it highlights that there should be no negative impacts on local inhabitants. It is also important to realize that the greening of an event is an on-going and continuous process and not just an isolated once-off activity. It is crucial that event greening involves incorporating sustainable development principles into all levels of event organization and implementation.

Benefits of a "green event"

Event hosting can be used as a medium for a host city to initiate sustainable development programs which will have long-term local economic, social and environmental benefits. Greening an event also has direct financial cost savings for the various role players. This is mostly achieved by reducing energy and water costs (through reduction in use and efficient technology), encouraging waste separation and recycling (which contributes to the development of local recyclers, and stimulates local economies) and through purchasing local products.

These gatherings also provide unique opportunities to raise awareness around sustainable development issues and thus encourage people to change their perceptions and behavior and make responsible decisions that can reduce the negative impact on the environment and society.

Greening the Future of Cities Congress

The City of Incheon and ICLEI are closely working together to ensure that the organization and management of the Future of Cities Congress is planned and undertaken in such a way that it demonstrates best environmental practices, and makes a significant contribution to enabling sustainable development and local community benefits in Incheon. The greening process aims at minimizing the negative environmental and social impacts of the event, at increasing awareness regarding the importance of sustainable development in Incheon and at ensuring that a positive greening legacy will be left behind.

ICLEI Climate Legacy Initiative

The ICLEI Climate Legacy Initiative aims to reduce the environmental impacts of ICLEI’s events. As part of the initiative, a carbon offset payment is included in the congress fee to compensate for CO2 emissions from congress-related air travel. This offset payment is calculated according to participants’ average distance traveled by region. The funding generated through the initiative will serve to finance CO2 reduction projects.

More information on the greening activities of Future of Cities congress will be available soon.