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 at the Annual Meeting in Davos.

On key topics such as 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 recognise that in offering these platforms, we consume finite resources and cause emissions. We take the utmost care to mitigate our environmental impact and we were awarded the ISO 20121 certification for sustainable event management.


A climate-neutral event

Emissions offset

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



Less waste

The Forum aims to stop relying on materials that cannot be reused. The Annual Meeting 2020 reduces the amount of waste by 25% compared to 2019 by integrating innovative decor such as modular backdrops and reusable structures, repurposing more of the event material.


On the menu

Seasonal food

Fresh, regional and plant-based produce makes up the key ingredients on the menu, with seasonal produce accounting for almost 90% of the food served. Wednesday lunch is dedicated to future food and the discovery of alternative protein sources. Artificial intelligence is being trialled to monitor food waste.


More sustainable transport

Electric or hybrid cars

The Forum promotes sustainable transport. Discounted train tickets are offered to Annual Meeting participants, and a temporary railway station has been set up near the Congress Centre. Walking is encouraged, with shoe grips and a walking map provided to all participants. Free shuttles and public buses provide a swift means of getting around. Almost 90% of the cars used by the Forum to transport public figures are electric or hybrid.


Reducing single-use plastic

Reduction of plastic drink containers

No beverages are served in single-use plastic containers; local water is available in water dispensers throughout the Congress Centre


Energy leadership

Renewable electricity

The Forum makes a concerted effort to limit energy consumption. It uses 100% renewable electricity and best-in-class insulation and heating systems in its temporary event spaces. The Forum has helped improve the sustainability of the Congress Centre with the installation of solar panels and geothermal heating.

Responsible sourcing

Items used for the Annual Meeting are sourced responsibly. Conventional paint has been replaced with non-toxic paint produced from renewable sources (seaweed). Conventional carpets for session room stages have been replaced with carpets made of end-of life fishing nets and carpet fluff. Forum notebooks and institutional publications are cradle-to-cradle certified.

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