Greening the EPH Conference
EPH Conference is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the conference and finding ways to be more environmentally responsible.
These are our environmental initiatives we have taken to help minimize the impact of the conference on the environment.
Foods and drinks
We have chosen a variety of healthy options provided throughout the event:
- Fresh vegetables and fruit are the basis of all meals. Our catering service gives priority to fresh fruits and vegetables that are locally produced and in season.
- We encourage the choice for vegetarian lunch and dinner options.
- We have chosen leaner meats and sea food, rather than beef meat. At our Conference Dinner we will no longer serve beef meat.
- We do not offer alcohol at the conference and have limited the availability of drinks that are high in free sugars. Water is available throughout the conference.
Reduced paper use
We have adopted environmentally friendly practices in communicating with delegates:
- Communication with delegates is done electronically. Abstract submission, registration and invoicing are fully web-based. The printed Programme Book is only available on request.
- Printouts of conference materials are avoided. By switching to E-Posters printing of poster materials by delegates is avoided.
Sustainable conference materials and travel
- The Conference Bag is made of recycled materials. The Programme Book is printed on FSC Mix paper. FSC Mix means at least 70% of the wood in the product is from FSC-certified material or recycled material; and 30% is controlled wood. from responsible sources.
- We encourage our delegates to reduce the effect of their air travel on the climate by flying CO2 neutral with the CO2ZERO compensation service.
- With support from Ljubljana Passenger Transport (LPP), we offer delegates free public transport within the city.
Ljubljana was named European Green Capital for 2016. Ljubljana’s city centre, which was once home to a constant stream of cars and buses, is now mostly dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. The city is committed to continuously improving their public transportation system, in an effort to ensure that it is accessible and user-friendly for all passengers.
The Slovenian capital can boast of having tap water that is perfectly drinkable without pre-treatment.
When it comes to green spaces, the city doesn’t disappoint. Ljubljana offers lots of square metres of public green space per capita. It has the highest share of separated waste that is collected, at 63%. It is also the first capital in the EU to take part in Europe’s Zero waste programme, which aims to reconfigure our society. Their goal is to ban items that cannot be repaired, composted, or recycled (or re-designed to be able to do any of the three), from entering European markets.
Our conference suppliers do everything they can to limit the environmental impact of their products and services.
EUPHA's Green Club
EUPHA has established a working group of environmental experts and environment-conscious colleagues to advice both EUPHA and the EPH Conference Foundation in their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the conference. The Green Club is intended to brainstorm and advice the organisers of the annual EPH Conferences on how to decrease the impact on the environment.