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SEED Awards 2019: Call for Applications are NOW OPEN!

SEED has launched the SEED Awards 2019. This year, up to 66 prize packages will be awarded to locally-driven and early-stage enterprises, which leverage their innovative business solutions to solve social and environmental challenges in Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. The SEED Low Carbon Awards are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (B
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Unique “self-destructing” resin signals end of toxic plastic bags

Biodegradable, compostable plastic carrier and food bags will begin trending in South Africa as more shoppers turn their backs on environmentally toxic single use plastic bags that choke marine life to death and pollute the planet. This is the view of Andrew Smith, co-founder of the Really Great Material Company (RGMC) who says that simply recycling conventional plastic is not a solution to reducing plastic waste and its increasingly destructive impact on the environment. “Plastic in the f
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Slashing commute time could save 214m tonnes of CO2 by 2030

An increase in flexible working will reduce levels of carbon dioxide by 214 million tonnes per year by 2030, according to a new study by Regus. The economic study, carried out by independent researchers, found that if the growth in flexible workspace continues to increase, people around the world would save over 3.53 billion hours commuting every year by 2030. The amount of carbon dioxide saved by this reduction is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 5.5 billion trees over ten year
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Event Greening Forum’s first research findings published

In the process of event greening, you’re likely to come across the phrase: “You cannot manage what you cannot measure.” In order to be more energy efficient, or conserve water, or reduce your waste footprint, you need to know the scale of the problem and be able to measure how effective your interventions are. Otherwise you are shooting in the dark. With this in mind, the Event Greening Forum (EGF) initiated its first South African based research project last year. Through its collaboration at M
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Exhibition of Exhibitions 2019

The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) is hosting the third Annual Exhibition of Exhibitions (EoE) on 30-31 January 2019 at the Blue Wing Conference & Events Venues, Ticketpro Dome. This annual event is aimed at exhibitors, organisers and suppliers, and showcases upcoming exhibitions, creative stand designs and the latest exhibition technology, while also offering networking opportunities and world-class training. Don’t miss the Event Greening Forum’s Chairperson
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The long-awaited updated carbon offset regulations have been published

EGF members Climate Neutral Group recently released this announcement: The Minister of Finance recently announced the implementation of the carbon tax effective from 1 June 2019. The Draft Carbon Tax Bill makes provision for a carbon offset allowance which provides flexibility to firms to reduce their carbon tax liability by either 5 or 10 per cent of their total greenhouse gas emissions by investing in projects that reduce emissions elsewhere in South Africa. Following the publication of the Ca
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The 2019 Responsible Tourism Awards Africa open and accepting nominations from the public

The categories in the 2019 Responsible Tourism Awards Africa can attract strong entrants from across Africa. We know that there are responsible tourism stories that have not been heard. We’re calling on the public and tourism trade colleagues to help us identify them. After all, tourists and the trade have travelled the length and breadth of Africa and have first-hand experience. You know who the contenders for the awards could be and can encourage them to enter by nominating them for the awards
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An event greening case study: Meetings Africa 2018

An introduction to event greening: Part 4 of a 4 part series by the Event Greening Forum. If you’ve missed the previous articles, you can find them here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  The best way to understand event greening is to see it in action. Therefore part 4 of this series is a case study of Meetings Africa 2018, South African Tourism’s (SA Tourism) annual business tourism show. Meetings Africa has implemented event greening since 2011 with the support of the Event Greening Forum (EG
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Member Spotlight: Gill Gibbs from ConCept G

Every month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who is making noteworthy achievements in their event greening efforts. This month we feature Gill Gibbs, the CEO of the ConCept G Group of Companies and a passionate environmentalist.   Q. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT CONCEPT G, AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT? I am the CEO of the ConCept G Group of Companies, of which there are 5 companies in the fold. What I love most is sharing my knowledge, expertise, insight and experience, de
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The EGF will not increase membership fees for 2019

Greg McManus, the Event Greening Forum (EGF) Chairperson, recently announced that EGF membership fees will not increase for 2019. “We are proud to announce that the EGF has decided to hold 2019’s membership fees at the same rate as this year,” he said. “With the economy shrinking and each one of us being forced to re-evaluate our business needs more closely, it’s great to be able to announce a freeze on fees for the coming year.” Click here for the EGF membership categori
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