Sustainability at Davos

Sustainability at the Annual Meeting in Davos

The Forum brings together stakeholders to help address the greatest ecological crisis of our time.

On key topics like climate, mobility, energy and the circular economy, our platforms aim to facilitate action-oriented communities of stakeholders from all parts of the international system.

We recognize that in offering these platforms, we consume finite resources and cause emissions. We take the utmost care to mitigate our environmental impact. We have the ambition to continue and reinforce the Forum's sustainability journey and renew the ISO 20121 certification this year during the Annual Meeting.


A climate-neutral event

Emissions offset

The Forum aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of all its activities. And since 2017, all emissions are calculated and offset 100% by supporting environmental projects in Switzerland and abroad.


More sustainable transport

Electric or hybrid cars

As transport is the primary source of CO2 emissions at the event, the World Economic Forum ensures that sustainable alternatives are available for participants. Davos can be reached by train from Zurich. During the meeting, walking is encouraged and participants will be provided with umbrellas. Free shuttle buses and public buses are a good way of getting around and reduce traffic congestion. For the first year, 100% of the cars used by the Forum for specific needs will be electric or hybrid.


Energy leadership

LED lighting

The World Economic Forum makes a concerted effort to limit energy consumption during its events, using 100% renewable electricity and the best-in-class insulation. The Forum has improved the sustainability of the Congress Centre in Davos with the installation of solar panels. The Forum also aims to use renewable energy in its temporary event spaces and is implementing pellet heating in these areas.



Less waste

The Forum aims to use only what's really needed to host the Annual Meeting. Between 2019 and 2020, the amount of waste has been reduced by 27%, by integrating lean design principles, repurposing more of the event material and removing single-use plastics for beverages. These efforts are continued for the Annual Meeting 2022.


On the menu

Seasonal food

The Forum uses innovative data capture methods to develop sustainable food and food waste metrics year on year. During the Annual Meeting 2020, 91% of food was seasonal. This year, no red meat will be served and all fish and eggs will be sustainably sourced. Furthermore, on Monday 23 May, 100% of food served in the Congress Centre will be vegetarian.

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