News Tokyo offers carbon footprint calculator for events By Kathryn Wortley / Posted on 12 April, 2023 13:40 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TVCB) has created a carbon footprint calculator to support the creation and delivery of more sustainable events in the Japanese capital. Released by Business Events Tokyo, TCVB’s one-stop shop for meeting and events planners as well as organisers bidding to host international business events in Tokyo, the tool is designed to help event organisers understand the environmental impact of holding their business event in Tokyo. Meeting organisers can now measure the carbon impact of their events in Tokyo The user follows seven steps, including inputting primary data, to show how much carbon dioxide would be emitted by holding their planned event, both in total and per attendee. Summarised and detailed reports can be downloaded when the calculation is completed, allowing the user to decide on how to proceed with the event planning and delivery in order to be more sustainable. Users can also share the reports with attendees and prospective attendees – another feature designed to raise awareness of the importance of greener events. TCVB is encouraging meeting organisers to use the tool “to observe how much CO2 emission an event will cause and to take action to manage a more sustainable event,” the organisation said in a statement. “We are aware that holding business events has environmental impacts, but we also understand and promote the importance of people meeting in person and sharing the excitement of gathering in one place,” said Kazuko Toda, senior director of Business Events Tokyo. “We often hear from organisers and meeting planners that they are aware of the importance of paying attention to sustainability but they do now know where to start. We hope this tool will be a springboard for organisers and the local industry to start thinking about what they can change from what they have been doing until now and to be more conscious about the environment,” she added.