The jury selected Fira Barcelona as the winner and their entry is available by clicking on its name. After implementing certain measures around their own events (energy efficiency, eco-design, waste management, CSR program and paperless processes) and guest events (such as free consultancy and donation room), Fira Barcelona realised that they needed to expand their scope: they therefore began to develop joint initiatives with their City Council and other relevant entities. These joint initiatives included:
– Development of a “Good Environmental Practices Manual” in conjunction with the Catalan Regional Government and the Catalan Waste Management Agency;
– Admission to the Barcelona Sustainable Tourism program developed by the Barcelona Convention Bureau;
– Promoting the use of public transportation among the attendees with the Barcelona City Council and other entities;
– Launch of the “Towards Zero Waste” program as a part of the “Smart City World Congress”.
The jury also recognized two other finalists: Marina Bay Sands from Singapore and RAI Amsterdam from the Netherlands.