At TNW Conference, food and drinks were enjoyed from reusable tableware! Together with our catering partner The Food Line Up, TNW introduced a transition program from single-use to reuse, where we used reusable utensils, cups, plates, and packaging at our event.
We had three reusable collection hubs, for returning tableware and cups. Together with your help we achieved this! Aside from the main collection hubs, smaller trash bins were provided across the venue where you could also leave your reusable cup and throw away other residual or organic waste.
We take pride in our event design which incorporates LED lighting in 80% of our features, including the stage and expo lighting. Our aim is to not only create a visually stunning ambiance but also minimize our environmental impact.
TNW is determined to reduce, reuse, and recycle as many elements related to the production as possible. We are thrilled that over 70% of our build and design materials are carefully chosen for their reusability, with the aim of reducing waste and promoting sustainability. This includes building our exhibition booths with reusable materials and modular components (allowing parts to be reused in future editions), giving printed materials a second life in the form of bags and laptop sleeves, and recycling the carpeting and signage.
We also strongly encourage our vendors to take actions that promote sustainability, such as using eco-friendly materials and reducing their use of single-use plastics. Additionally, we will reduce the amount of single-use plastics to a minimum across our food stands, and only allow for cashless/pin-only payments on-site.
We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and one way we're achieving this is by working with suppliers who are located within a 40-minute to one-hour distance from our flagship location. Currently, 90% of our suppliers fall within this category. By sourcing locally, we are able to minimize transportation emissions and support local businesses.
We have partnered with DB Schenker, as our trusted freight forwarder, to handle all transportation and logistics of client and partner materials. This allows us to provide sustainable shipping options, such as utilizing eco-friendly packaging materials and optimizing transportation routes to reduce carbon emissions. Through our partnership, we aim to promote sustainable practices and reduce our environmental impact.
We strongly encourage attendees to use public transportation or carpool to the venue. To facilitate this, we provide convenient and sustainable transportation options such as ferry services from Amsterdam central station and shuttle buses from Zaandam station. For attendees who prefer to bike to the event, we offer secure bicycle parking facilities on site. By choosing sustainable transportation options, attendees can help us reduce carbon emissions and alleviate traffic congestion in the surrounding areas.
Thanks to our proud partnership with The Food Line Up, Europe's first B-Corp certified caterer, we offer our attendees a completely sustainable and delicious food experience. The Food Line Up sources their ingredients locally and uses only organic and seasonal produce to create their 100% meat-free menu options.
This means all food stalls across our premises serve locally-sourced, vegetarian-only options. By removing meat from our catering venues, we are contributing to drastically reducing our CO2- emissions, and help save large amounts of fresh water and land.
Lastly, to ensure that our menu is not harmful for the environment, we will provide 100% reusable tableware, minimize the usage of single-use food packaging materials, and offer bins across the terrain to collect waste, separated by glass, plastics, and biodegradable materials.
TNW is determined to limit the waste of fresh water, provide access to good-quality drinking water, and process waste water in a responsible and sustainable way.
As mentioned above, our meat-free commodities contribute to decreasing our water usage. While a pound of beef can feed five people, it requires an estimated 7,000 to 9,500 liters of water to produce — whereas the equivalent amount of plant protein only requires a fraction of that total, approximately 1,600 to 2,200 liters of water.
To promote responsible water usage, we strongly encourage both vendors and attendees to minimize their water consumption at our event. In order to facilitate this effort, we provide convenient "fill-your-own" water stations, we will also be offering durable and reusable bottles for purchase on-site to all staff and attendees.