Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol Launched

22 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the creation of the Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol (CSMP) by a coalition of seven organizations. The CSMP was inspired by the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15), which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009, and aims to increase the sustainability of future COPs and other large international meetings. 

The CSMP offers a flexible, umbrella framework that can be used to organize large, complex meetings in a more sustainable way. The protocol is intended to help planners in sustainably managing their meetings. The CSMP aims to complement the existing guides present in the market, and it is not only targeted at corporate, government or association event organizers, but also consultants and managers of venues and large hotels. It is designed to be used in combination with the "COP15 Event Sustainability Report."

The CSMP is divided into chapters on: sustainable event management; introduction to the Protocol framework; leadership and commitment; strategic approach; stakeholder engagement; operational integration; governance; and sustainability and the future of the meetings industry. [CSMP Website] [COP15 Event Sustainability Report]