Dear colleagues,

as the summer is drawing to a close here in Europe, the UFI team is back at full strength – and also increasingly back in our office in Paris! It’s been an unusually wet summer across Central Europe – not the only part of the world that encounters changing weather. Be it forest fires and heatwaves, Hurricane Ida slamming New Orleans in the US, flooding washing away whole parts of cities in Germany – humans have already heated the planet by roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius, or 2 degrees Fahrenheit, since the 19th century, and we’re now faced with changing climate. The latest IPCC report paints a scary picture.

Starting at the end of October, the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow will track the progress countries and industries around the world are making towards the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG). By then, our industry, the global events industry, plans to have aNet Zero Carbon Events” pledge ready for launch.

Together with our partner associations ICCA and AIPC, UFI has been involved in this project from the beginning, liaising with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC, and providing the project secretariat for the initial pre-project phase. Going forward, the initiative will be hosted by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) as our industry’s global umbrella body.

This month, the draft pledge will be shared for comment with all interested parties from the while events industry – an inclusive and open process to comply with the expectations from the UN. All comments will be reviewed for the final version of the pledge. Please go to for more – and please sign your company up as supporter.

Our exhibition industry had done a lot around sustainability in the past years already – our latest UFI report, released this summer , shows that. Now we can align as the whole events industry with one joint pledge and approach. It will elevate our industry a lot on the global advocacy level. It will help us all to combat global warming.

Best regards,

Kai Hattendorf