In-person events are so essential to networking and professional development, but they also have the potential to have a significant carbon footprint. With some planning we can collectively act and mitigate this impact! Our local hosts compiled a list of opportunities to explore when planning your time in Cape Town.
If traveling within the region, consider carpooling or traveling by bus or train over air travel.
When booking a flight itinerary, avoid stopovers (direct flights have fewer emissions) and choose economy class (business class has a higher carbon impact than economy class).
Pack light – the heavier the plane, the more fuel required.
Use local transport, such as minibus taxis, MyCiti buses, or Green cabs, around the city and to/from the airport. Group shuttles are also available for airport travel.
Accomodations and consumables
Consider booking accommodation within walking distance of the venue, and consider the “green” credentials of the accommodation when choosing a place to stay.
Re-use towels and use the “do not disturb” sign to reduce water, electricity, and product usage related to daily cleaning.
Unplug items charging, keep the TV off when not in use, and only use the AC if truly needed.
Choose local restaurants and visit local markets for fresh food and goods. Reduce waste by ordering only what you need (and consuming what you purchase).
Choose locally-produced souvenirs that you will actually use and that support social and environmental upliftment.
Support sustainable tourist attractions, and give back to the community by supporting activities such as beach clean ups.
Reuse and recycle – avoid single-use plastics, carry a reusable shopping bag, and choose minimal packaging when possible.