About the Event
ABOUT THE EBRD 2016 ANNUAL MEETING AND BUSINESS FORUM
Join us in London for the EBRD’s 25th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors and Business Forum which will take place on the 11-12 May 2016.
Influencing Change - The Next 25 Years will be the overarching theme for the EBRD 2016 Annual Meeting and Business Forum. We will be looking back at the EBRD’s first quarter of a century and forward at the challenges and opportunities facing the region in the next 25 years.
The programme includes:
Investment Outlook Sessions
Civil Society Programme
EBRD Alumni event
Join us at our Headquarters in London, one of the world’s leading financial centres, for what promises to be two days of stimulating discussions, thought provoking events and unparalleled networking opportunities.
Carbon Neutral Initiative
Preserving and improving the environment are central features of a modern, well-functioning market economy and therefore key goals of the transition process that the EBRD was set up to promote.
In recognition, the EBRD launched the Green Economy Transition (GET) approach in 2015 to put investments that bring environmental benefits at the heart of the EBRD mandate. The GET approach builds on a decade of successful climate and resource efficiency investments by the Bank.
Since 2007, we have also actively sought to reduce the environmental footprint of our Annual Meeting and Business Forums. The Bank funded an energy efficiency project in Kazan, Tatarstan to help offset the carbon emissions associated with the organisation of the Annual Meeting in 2007 and funded a project in Chernigiv, Ukraine for the same purpose in 2008.
In 2010 and 2011, we developed this concept further by creating a Joint Environmental Initiative in partnership with local companies in Croatia and Kazakhstan. The Joint Environmental Initiative aimed to invest in energy efficiency measures that improved the conditions of selected social projects. These efforts evolved into a Carbon Neutral Initiative in 2013, which involves the calculation of the event’s carbon footprint, a review on how to minimise its climate impact, the identification and purchase of carbon credits to offset unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions and an ex-post verification step.
Since 2013, carbon credits have been purchased and retired at least equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the organisation of the Annual Meeting. This year’s emissions associated with the 2016 Annual Meeting and Business Forum in London, are offset with carbon credits from the ‘Sena Hydro Power Plant’ in Turkey, a project financed through the EBRD Mid-size Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (MidSEFF).
But we aim to continue developingand expanding our efforts in other ways. The Bank is now actively seeking to reduce the amount of waste produced in the run up and during the Annual Meeting and Business Forum. Examples include circulating electronic invitations and sharing information via mobile technologies. There is also a strong emphasis on waste recycling, reducing the use of plastic bottles and sourcing environmentally friendly merchandise.
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ABOUT THE EBRD
The EBRD is investing in changing people’s lives from central Europe to central Asia, the Western Balkans and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. Working together with the private sector, we invest in projects, engage in policy dialogue and provide technical advice that fosters innovation and builds sustainable and open-market economies.
The EBRD is owned by 65 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EU and EIB. We maintain a close political dialogue with governments, authorities and representatives of civil society to promote our goals. And in all our operations we follow the highest standards in corporate governance and sustainable development
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