Sustainability was a core focus on this event with discussions around Best Practice (Sarah Chew), ISO20121 Development (Marko Roscher), Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE), Project “Better Stands” (Jorg Zeissig), Project “Materials Library’ (Jorg Zeissig) and a Workshop by David Humphreys, Director of Green Circle Solutions on “Navigating the Seas of Carbon Calculation”.

The focus extends to minimising the environmental impact of the events:

  • all 2024 World Summit delegates were given the opportunity to offset their travel impact upfront.
  • the event venue, Gran Miramar Hotel has undergone a rigorous assessment to achieve a sustainable certification aligned to the GSTC Industry Criteria which verifies its commitment to sustainability planning, maximising social and economic benefits for the local community, enhancing cultural heritage, and reducing negative impacts to the environment.
  • meals throughout the event were prepared using regional ingredients and accompanied by regionally sourced wines.
  • accommodation was within easy walking distance of the Venue for daily attendance and for unavoidable travel, a minimal number of full buses were deployed to ferry delegates.
  • delegate gift bags were created from upcycled graphic banners and the polo shirts chosen for attendees were certified Neutral® products, manufactured according to the highest social, ethical and environmental international standards.

An IFES Sustainability Showcase ran alongside the event where members could highlight their successful sustainability initiatives, concepts, services or products with the aim of encouraging others to embark on their own Sustainability Journey.


A fun afternoon of Beach Games organised by Galis, beMatrix and Holtmann+ highlighted the importance of a healthy lifestyle and this sustainability-focused activity was also in support of a charity, “El Hogar San José de la Montaña”, a centre that provides educational support to children and adolescents under administrative protective custody through a residential care program.