Paper use cut by 85% at Barcelona meeting

Wed, 06/04/16

The UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention Secretariat succeeded in cutting its paper consumption by 85% during the 19th ordinary meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention held in Athens from 9 to 12 February 2016, as compared to its last CoP meeting held in December 2013. 

This was possible thanks to a series of sustainable measures successfully implemented by UNEP/MAP Sustainable MAP Operations Task Force. Meeting registration was done online, meeting documents were uploaded to the MAP website, participants were requested to bring their own devices to read documents on the screen, and a series of Conference Room Paper and draft report of the meeting were circulated by email, all of which contributed to cutting paper consumption to a minimum.  

The activity comes as one of the initiatives of the MAP Sustainability Task Force, aiming at implementing a more sustainable, greener approach, and reduction of ecological footprint in the daily operations and the meetings organized by the MAP System. 


Tree of life initiative


Meeting participants were invited to write down their commitment to reducing the ecological footprint on a leaf of recycled paper, which they then put on the "tree of life” set at the entrance of the meeting room. Examples of committments made included: "I commit to switch to led lights in all my house", "I will recycle organic domestic waste into the garden" and "I will use a towel instead of paper towels" 

Other participants made commitments to reuse, recycle and consume less; opt for walking, biking or using public transportation; turn off lights and air conditioning; eat organic and local seasonal food; and consume less meat.  They also committed to hosting more sustainable events through reducing paper and plastic waste, selecting venues with sustainablitiy policies, working with local vendors and off-setting the carbon emissions from flights etc.  Many also expressed their willingness to share the information about sustainability with their families and friends.

The MAP Sustainability Task Force, which was launched at the beginning of year 2015, aims at implementing a more sustainable, greener approach, and reduction of ecological footprint in the daily operations and the meetings organized by the MAP System. It is consisted of members of UNEP/MAP Secretariat and its collaborating Regional Activity Centres: Plan Bleu, PAP/RAC, SPA/RAC, REMPEC, INFO/RAC, and SCP/RAC located in France, Croatia, Tunisia, Malta, Italy and Spain respectively.

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