1618 January, St. Petersburg hosts the Eurasian Event Forum EFEA 2019. Alexey Valkov, Director of the Roscongress Foundations St. Petersburg Economic Forum took part in the session Compliance With Green Standards as a Competitive Advantage for a Tourist Destination dedicated to the issues of environmental efficiency of congress and exhibition events and implementing green standards in the venues.
In his presentation, Alexey Valkov spoke about practices that SPIEF and other Roscongress events follow to comply with green standards. Those include waste sorting and recycling, reduction of hard-copy paperwork, and use of recyclables to make souvenirs and handouts. For the duration of the events, Roscongress, in collaboration with administrations of the cities, draws up logistic routes with a reasonable load on the transport networks and on the environment of the venues. Active information sharing and involvement of participants improves implementation of practices: e.g., more that 3.5 tonnes of cardboard and almost a tonne of polyethylene were sent to recycling facilities from the SPIEF 2018 venue.
«Negotiations and lucrative deals are not the only reason for participants to attend the Forum. Its essential what impression they get from the city, the venue, and the standard of services, from business services to the hotel and transport. The SPIEF venue was in compliance with green standards even at the design stage, which makes it much easier to host environment-friendly events. This level of preparations gives the participants this impression of high-quality and convenient service,» said Alexey Valkov.
In 2018, St. Petersburg became the first Russian city to join the GDS-Index. It is a global expert community of representatives of congress and exhibition services that implement projects on improving social and environmental responsibility and efficiency of venues and suppliers of international events. The Index addresses the environmental efficiency of the city based on quality parameters of air, renewable energy sources, public transport efficiency, and waste disposal facilities.
The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.
The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.
Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.
The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.
The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.