The carbon footprint of the conference was calculated by the CI2 institute. The carbon footprint covers the impact of the on-site conference activities, including accommodation. It does not cover transport carbon footprint to and from Prague. The latter can be offsetted separately either through the airlines or by contacting the WEEC office.
The carbon footprint offset of 7 EUR / participant is included in the conference fee.
We worked hard to find the real carbon offsetting scheme and ended up by creating our own. Most of the available carbon offsets are based on tree-planting, which works to the point when a tree is decomposed and most of the CO2 released to the atmosphere again.
The carbon footprint of the 2021 WEEC will be offsetted by equipping photovoltaic solar panels to environmental education centres in the Czech Republic. Thus the carbon offset on one hand reduces consumption of electricity (50% of it still coal-based in the country) while also helping environmental education centres lowering their operational costs and increasing their financial sustainability. Conference participants will see their offset money at work while taking part in the WEEC field sessions.
The centres need to cover the cost of the installation and invertors (approximately 40% of the total cost) in order to receive the solar panels. This condition guarantees reasonable installations. If the scheme proves successful, it will continue with installations at schools across the country.