2023 was a watershed year for MEETINGS as we achieved Toitū net carbon zero certification for the very first time, tracking and offsetting 130 tonnes of carbon emissions from the event with high quality carbon credits through Toitū Envirocare.

MEETINGS 2024 sees us building on this and looking at opportunities in partnership with our suppliers and stakeholders to further minimise the impact we have on the environment and do good for the local community. 

You can find more information about Toitū and their carbon programmes and certification at www.toitu.co.nz 

Food waste

With catering for several hundred people each day at MEETINGS there is the potential for high levels of food waste. We are proud that our MEETINGS caterer, KAK Hospitality work closely with Feeding Rotorua to donate suitable leftover food to assist with feeding 300-500 people daily. All other food waste is collected by Ecostock who utilize it to create biogas, stock feed and fertilizer.

Carbon off-setting air travel

We know that MEETINGS wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for the presence of our 200+ Hosted Buyers who come from far and wide across New Zealand and Australia. We also know that getting here comes at a cost to the environment and therefore BEIA will be off setting the carbon emissions from all Hosted Buyer flights from Australia and around New Zealand.

Reducing or eliminating printed material

Our ongoing commitment to reduce printed material will put greater emphasis on the MEETINGS app and digital solutions to ensure you have everything at your fingertips, without the waste! Whilst we can’t eradicate all printed material this year, part of our Toitū Envirocare Certification requires us to measure the amount of printed material created and distributed during MEETINGS and we will be working hard to reduce this further still, next year.

Phase out of name badge pouches

Whilst the name badge pouches utilised at MEETINGS are fully biodegradable, this year we will be making them optional for all Exhibitors, Day Buyers and guests to the event.

With your help

Whilst we are passionate about reducing the environmental impact of MEETINGS, we can’t do it alone! We therefore ask all exhibitors and buyers to take whatever steps you can – big or small – to help reduce your MEETINGS footprint. Here are a few ideas how:

How Buyers can help:
  • Bring your reusable coffee cup and water bottle
  • Bring a re-usable bag for the duration of the show
  • Utilise the MEETINGS APP
  • Recycle your name badges at the points provided
  • Hosted Buyers can choose one of three charities for BEIA to donate to, as your gift
  • Walk to the venue if staying locally

 How Exhibitors can help:
  • Offset carbon emissions from travel and freight to Wellington if you can.
  • Use sustainable packaging when shipping your items to the venue, including reusable covers for pallets rather than Glad Wrap.
  • Reduce waste from one-time items by creating generic signage that can be re-used or utilise digital signage options.
  • Bring your reusable coffee cup and water bottle.
  • Consider sustainable / eco-friendly / biodegradable giveaway items at your stand
  • Arrange for plants used on your stands to be donated or re-planted