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Choosing a travel plan that reduces your carbon footprint to the ISPAH Congress 2024 in Paris


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In person events, such as the ISPAH Congress in Paris (28-30 October, 2024), are vital for sharing knowledge and developing strong collaborations. They provide an immersive experience that is hard to replicate. However, these benefits come at a cost to the environment. A significant portion of the carbon footprint associated with in-person events is associated with travel. Here are some strategies to reduce travel-associated carbon emissions at the ISPAH Congress 2024 in Paris.

Getting to the conference

  1. Use public transport: Opt for trains or buses, which generally have lower emissions per passenger compared to individuals’ cars or flights. Once in Paris, explore public transport options to your accommodation.
  2. Carpooling: If driving is necessary, consider carpooling with other delegates. This reduces the number of vehicles on the road, cuts costs associated with fuel and parking, and subsequently lowers emissions per person.  
  3. Choose Direct Flights and Economy Seats: When flying, prioritize direct flights to minimize emissions from take-offs and landings. Economy class seats are more carbon-efficient than business class due to being lighter weight and a more efficient use of space.
  4. Pack Light: Bringing only essential items reduces weight, which in turn reduces fuel consumption during travel.

Getting around Paris

  1. Rent a Bike. Take advantage of Paris’ extensive cycle lane network by renting a bike through services like Velib’. They offer both regular and electric bicycles at numerous docking points across the city, promoting eco-friendly mobility. Velib’ offers a zero Euro per month subscription, perfect for use during the ISPAH Congress in Paris. https://www.velib-metropole.fr/en/map#/ 
  2. Use Public Transport: Paris boasts an efficient network of buses, trams, RER (suburban trains), and the metro. Consider purchasing a visitor pass for unlimited travel over multiple days, reducing reliance on taxis or private cars. For more information on purchasing your pass click here: https://parisjetaime.com/eng/tickets/paris-visite-pass-unlimited-travel-m9001083
  3. Walk: Paris is pedestrian-friendly, especially in central areas. If your accommodation is near the conference venue, walking is not only environmentally friendly but a great way to explore the city.

Implementing these strategies will have an impact on your carbon footprint while attending the ISPAH Congress 2024 in Paris. This proactive approach not only aligns with sustainable practices but also contributes positively to environmental conservation efforts. Enjoy the in-person conference experience while making a conscious effort to protect our planet!