Event Sustainability


The UN Global Compact aims to minimize the environmental impacts of the 2013 Leaders Summit, and use sustainability as a catalyst to improve the delegate experience.

Renewable energy procurement will cover 100 percent of the Leader Summit's electricity footprint, including event preparations, power usage at the Grand Hyatt New York and electricity used at social events. In order to achieve this, the Global Compact has committed to procuring the equivalent amount of carbon emissions through Gold Standard premium quality renewable energy projects.

The following summarizes additional key deliverables of the event sustainability strategy:

  • The Grand Hyatt was selected for the venue's commitment to sustainability in terms of infrastructure, energy efficiency, operations and sustainable business practices. It has been awarded four out of five keys in the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
  • Special efforts will be made to reduce waste, use sustainable materials and recycle products used in the event production.
  • Participants will be encouraged to contribute to offsetting the carbon emissions caused by their participation and travel (see Carbon Emissions below).
  • Following the UN's PaperSmart guidelines, there will be no printed materials (publications, background materials, agendas, flyers). Materials will be made available to participants through a customized mobile device application, an electronic compendium of deliverables, onsite kiosks, and this website.
  • Bottled water will not be offered during the Summit in an effort to reduce waste and carbon emissions related to the production and transport of plastic bottles.
  • A focus will be placed on offering food and beverage options that are a combination of fresh, local, organic, sustainable and seasonal (FLOSS).
  • A comprehensive event sustainability assessment will be conducted by MCI Sustainability Services to highlight best practices and provide recommendations for future events. See the Leaders Summit 2010 Report.

Carbon Emissions

The Global Compact Office strongly encourages all participants to help offset carbon emissions generated by the Leaders Summit and related travel. The voluntary carbon offset contribution for each participant is USD 25 and will be collected at the time of registration.

Carbon offsets for participant travel come from the initiative Carbon for Water, a showcased activity of the UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change programme. A partnership between Vestergaard Frandsen and ClimateCare, Carbon for Water uses carbon financing to sustainably provide 4.5 million people in Kenya with the ability to purify water in their homes via the LifeStraw ® system – avoiding the need to burn fuel from unsustainable sources that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

To learn more about Carbon for Water, please visit Momentum for Change.