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March 1, 2007

It's green up north

NewcastleGateshead has launched a new initiative to actively encourage CarbonNeutral conferencing. In doing so, the convention bureau believes that it is the first one in the UK to make the promotion of CarbonNeutral conferencing a matter of policy.
Jessica Roberts, head of business tourism for NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “We are working closely with CarbonNeutral North East, a charity which is helping make the region a carbon-free zone. Together, we are encouraging conference organisers to make their events as green as possible.
"We are encouraging conference organisers and delegates to reduce their pollution and then offset the impact of their travel to NewcastleGateshead by donating money through the CarbonNeutral North East charity. This money is used to balance out carbon emissions by investing in local schemes, including home insulation and renewable energy.
"We will also be encouraging delegates to consider their carbon footprint during their stay in NewcastleGateshead, by reminding them to turn down the temperature in their hotel for example and to use public transport to get out and about rather than resorting to their cars."
Charlie Henderson, project director of CarbonNeutral North East, said: "The growing challenge of climate change is so much more in the public consciousness, and on the political agenda now. People are welcoming initiatives, like this, which help the planet and spread the message in a positive way.”
Christopher Edwards VC of Newcastle University, an organisation that has already taken up the challenge of staging a CarbonNeutral event, said: “Newcastle University has made its graduation ceremony CarbonNeutral as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. I would encourage all event organisers to go CarbonNeutral and help encourage delegates to see that climate change may be tackled in a positive way.”

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