The initial five-year agreement, which the two organizations expect to be extended, will see £1 for each conference delegate, and 50 pence for each invited dinner participant, go to RSPB Scotland. The EICC hopes the initiative could contribute around £300,000 in its first five years.
The partnership is part of the capital venue’s commitment to mitigating the operational impact associated with hosting large-scale events.
Chief Executive Officer, Marshall Dallas, said, “The climate crisis is something every organization and business leader must address, and working to achieve the highest industry sustainability standards is something on which we have been working hard for a few years.
“This is very important to us, to our clients who choose to hold their conferences and events in Edinburgh, and to the attendees of these events.
“People, including many of our delegates, come to Scotland from all over the world to experience the natural environment here, so it’s important for us to make a positive contribution.
“Last year we hosted TED’s Global Countdown Summit here, which showed just how urgent environmental concerns are, and we are truly delighted to announce the partnership with RSPB Scotland after months of discussions. on the right initiative for all involved.”
Over 20% of Scotland is covered in peat, much of the country’s water filters through peatlands and they hold most of Scotland’s carbon storage. At the same time, it is estimated that around 80% of peatlands are in a degraded state.
Anne McCall, Director of RSPB Scotland, part of RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, added: “While the majority of bogs are located in the Highlands and Islands, the people are often surprised at the proximity of some bogs to our major towns and cities.
“Peatlands provide a unique habitat for wildlife and play a vital role in agriculture, agriculture and tourism. The partnership with the EICC is important in many ways, and we thank them for their commitment to supporting the restoration effort in the years to come.
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