Carbon-Neutral Plan for the WCMB

The WCMB 2018 organizing committee is actively working on minimizing the effects of the conference on the environment.


To achieve this goal, the first action decided to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was to select the Palais des Congrès in Montréal as the conference venue. This place is a leading destination for sustainable events, and takes very precise mitigation actions, before and during events.


During the conference, we will offset the emissions that we create, by partnering with a leading Canadian provider of carbon offsetting solutions: Offsetters. Funds raised during the process will go towards the Great Bear Rainforest portfolio, an Improved Forest Management project, managed by Offsetters. The project activities include changes in land-use legislation and regulation that result in increased carbon stocks, by converting forests previously designated for commercial logging to protected forests. Emissions caused by harvesting, road building and other forestry operations will also be prevented. It is a landmark project for balancing human well-being and ecological integrity through carbon finance, and is the first carbon project in North America on traditional territory with unextinguished Aboriginal rights and title.


How delegates can contribute:

  • Opt-in for carbon offsetting when registering for the conference. We estimate that reaching our ultimate goal will cost approximately $40/person. Help us reach our goal!
  • Use the companion application during the conference, instead of printing a copy of the complete program
  • Use renewable materials and a refillable bottle during the conference
  • For local travel at the conference, use public transit as much as possible


We will keep track of the progress made towards a complete offset of the conference, by the mean of tiered goals:

  • Tier 1. Carbon neutrality for the event, including:
    ○ fuel burned onsite
    ○ electricity consumption
    ○ paper printed
    ○ staff/organizers/speakers’ journeys
  • Tier 2. Tier 1 + offsetting 33 % of the delegation
  • Tier 3. Tier 1 + offsetting 66 % of the delegation
  • Tier 4. Tier 1 + offsetting 100 % of the delegation

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

May 13-16, 2018 |  Montréal, Québec, Canada

4th WCMB Congress Secretariat - JPdL International

1555 Peel Street, Suite 500

Montréal, QC H3A 3L8 Canada

Tel: +1 514 287-9898 ext. 334

Fax: +1 514 287-1248

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