Every conference has an impact on the environment, as it involves people travelling, staying in hotels, renting large venues and preparing a variety of food. This consumes energy, like browsing the web, consuming food or drink or even reading a book at night. In order to compare the 2021 JCI European Conference on board a cruise ship to another conference, a detailed analysis is recommended. All power used on board is generated by the ship itself, provided it is not powered by the power at a port whilst docked. That includes energy for the propulsion of the ship, for the preparation of food, but also for all cabins on board. Sometimes certain benefits are not accounted for in energy usage calculations, such as the fact that the ship also provides energy for the entire crew on board, for their cabins, for the preparation of their food, and that the crew doesn’t need to commute to work every day. We also think it makes quite a difference if you spend every vacation on a cruise ship or just a few days at 2021 JCI European Conference, connecting people and nations. The City of Rostock can be reached directly by German high-speed trains; a train station is a five-minute walk away from the cruise terminal.
Our sustainability team has tried to research the facts in as unbiased aw way as possible and concluded that ECC 2021 will emit about 15-20% more emissions than a more traditional JCI European Conference.