Sustainability Operations

 

The Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit’s goal is to achieving a measurable level of success across four primary areas:

GOAL ONE: CARBON NEUTRAL EVENT

The Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit’s first goal is to reduce emissions as far as possible prior to and during the event. To achieve carbon neutrality, we’ve partnered with South Pole to offset unavoidable emissions by purchasing high-quality carbon credits. Each carbon credit has been generated by a truly additional project, where a certified amount of CO2 has been reduced. South Pole has been awarded the world’s “best project developer” by Environmental Finance in 2011-2017.

 

GOAL TWO: PROMOTE ZERO WASTE

About 40 percent of all plastic produced is used in packaging, and much of that is used only once and then discarded. Less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled, though businesses are making efforts to change this trend. In keeping with its mission to reduce ocean plastics, the Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit will be a zero single-use plastic event.

The Summit is developing a recycling strategy that leverages recycling industry participants’ expertise to the RCGS Resolute.

Sample efforts include:

  • Emphasis on digital assets as opposed to paper signage

  • Minimal paper handouts

  • Two and Three-Bin Waste Streams: Two-stream waste bins will encourage participants to properly sort their waste

  • All communication is conducted electronically via email, blog posts and social media channels

 

GOAL THREE: MINIMIZE FOOD WASTE

About 94 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. On a yearly basis, the U.S. alone disposes more than 40 million tons of food waste. The Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit’s goal is to manage food sustainably and reduce waste to align with the UN’s Global Goal of conserving resources for future generations.

Sample efforts include:

  • Menu planning to promote upfront lessening and downstream deviation

  • Gathering average consumption on previous expeditions on the RCGS Resolute to minimize food wastage at the Summit

  • Using smaller buffet plates and bowls and no advance plating

  • No individually packed snacks

GOAL FOUR: BENEFIT LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN THE HOST COUNTRY OF BERMUDA

The Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit has partnered with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (Bios). For more than 100 years BIOS-based researchers and visiting scientists have worked to explore the ocean and address important local and global environmental issues. As part of our land-based activities, participants will conduct a clean up of one of Bermuda’s beaches most impacted by plastics.

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