Greener Days

Both the ESGE and the ESGE Days organising team feel strongly that reducing the negative environmental impact of our activities is highly important.

In July 2022 ESGE and ESGENA published a Position Statement, Reducing the environmental footprint of gastrointestinal endoscopy, which provided guidance for HCPs working in our medical field. ESGE has also launched a Green Endoscopy Working Group to continue this valuable work.

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Enrique Rodriguez de Santiago, Green Endoscopy Working Group Chair

As part of ESGE’s commitment to ‘becoming greener’ we are also looking closely at the planning and organisation of the ESGE Days conference series. This places the organising team in a challenging situation. In-person international conferences have a significant environmental impact yet, as our society’s mission is ‘to educate, innovate, disseminate, support and promote quality in the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy’ we believe a face to face meeting to advance endoscopy and forge connections remains vital. We are therefore striving to do all we can, even through very small steps, to work towards ‘Greener Days’.

Here are some of the ways we are working towards lowering the negative environmental impact of ESGE Days 2023:

  • Maintaining our commitment to offering a fully hybrid meeting, allowing people to take part without the need for travel. We are working to provide online delegates with an equally valuable experience of the meeting - for example, online delegates can still claim CME credits.
  • Taking part in a programme to offset carbon created by the venue during the conference period. Via carbon offsetting partners Grown Forest, a system of planting of native and indigenous Irish trees on land across Ireland is taking place. All trees planted are under a Tree Protection Order and will never be cut down.
  • Working closely with the ESGE Green Endoscopy Working Group to ensure our live endoscopy demonstrations and hands on training are following the best possible practices wherever possible.
  • Partnering with a very environmentally conscious venue – the Convention Centre Dublin. As well as being the world’s first purpose-built carbon neutral convention centre, find out more about their environmentally friendly practices here.
  • Featuring a new Green Pathway in the scientific programme, highlighting all sessions and activities relating to green endoscopy.
  • Holding a special ESGE-ESGENA joint session to honour endoscopy teams who have developed unique processes to reduce the carbon footprint within their units.
  • Printing no programme or pocket programme, as was also the practice for ESGE Days 2022.
  • Not distributing congress bags
  • Encouraging companies not to produce printed flyers or giveaways
  • Providing plastic free delegate badges
  • Partnering with Aer Lingus as our official airline partner. Aer Lingus is part of the first airline group in the world (IAG) to commit to having net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 - learn more here. They will also be offering our delegates a 20% discount on flights to and from Dublin. This offer will be available soon, and more information will be published on a dedicated page on this website.
  • Focusing on digital rather than printed signage at the congress venue wherever possible.
  • Providing primarily vegetarian catering.
  • Donating leftover food from our event catering to Food Cloud who will arrange for distribution to appropriate charities:
  • Providing no plastic water bottles, but instead water hydration stations around the venue.
  • Offering the opportunity for delegates to calculate the carbon footprint from travel to the meeting, helping both participants and the organising team understand more fully the carbon impact we are making.
  • Public Transport: we are working towards finding a solution to provide delegates with subsidized public transport.
  • Hosting our 2023 industry site visit as a virtual event, utilizing an exciting new digital visualization tool developed by the CCD.

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