Responsible Conferencing

Conferences with a conscience


Here at EnergyNet, we like to do things a little differently.
 
We believe that conference companies have a responsibility to give back to the communities they work in, which is why we run a number of non-commercial funding platforms and initiatives as part of our commitment to the sector.
In 2013 we started the EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative (ESEI), promoting high achieving African students studying Engineering, Economics or Law. ESEI promotes localisation and employment to leading international businesses that may themselves struggle to locate such talent. 

The 2019 Africa Energy Forum launched the Africa Challenge Cup football tournament in partnership with KOHLER, principle partner of Manchester United, and Clarke Energy, a KOHLER company, to raise money to send solar lights and chargers to the victims of devastating Cyclone Idai. The programme continues at aef 2020 in Barcelona, to continue delivering value to those most in need.

Our commitment to being a responsible business and a champion of social, gender and racial equality includes:
 

  • Championing a programme of  all-women moderators at aef 2019 in Lisbon (of which 52% were African) and welcoming over 700+ aspirational women entrepreneurs and stakeholders
  • Our ongoing support of the victims of Cyclone Idai – the Africa Challenge Cup 
  • EnergyNet’s social programmes where we have privately funded renewable energy projects for female African entrepreneurs
  • Our commitment to over 100 top African students (EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative) over the last six years
  • Employing local suppliers where possible to reduce unnecessary air travel
  • Providing eco-friendly laptop bags and supply paper cups rather than plastic ones
  • Distributing reusable sponsored water bottles to reduce the amount of cups used during coffee breaks
  • Where venues are separate from hotels we organise shuttle buses to limit air pollution and traffic and increase efficiency of travel
  • Donating vinyl banners to up-cycling companies to be made into bags and other useful items 
  • Sending all waste materials to a sorting centre to be split into categories and recycled where possible
  • Working alongside exhibitors to add left over gifts to donation points in order to distribute to local charities
  • Donating the exhibition carpet to local suppliers to be reused and sold in local communities

Efforts continue to improve our processes and increase sustainability initiatives across our portfolio of events. If you have any ideas on how we could make further improvements, please drop us a line at aef@energynet.co.uk

 

 

Find out about our initiatives

The Africa Challenge Cup raised money to send solar solutions to victims of Cyclone Idai

Funding the Solar Turtle: EnergyNet helped bring clean, secure energy to a school in Johannesburg