The European Magnetic Association (EMA) is concerned with climate change. The Association feels responsible for its own impact on climate change, and is committed to reduce the carbon footprint of its events (conferences, schools…), as well as to raise raise awareness and provide assistance in the Magnetism community to reach the same at all levels.
The European Magnetism Association is encouraging a series a measures for events organized by the EMA, such as the Joint European Magnetic Symposia, JEMS, and the European School on Magnetism, ESM, as well as those supported by a technical sponsorship. Addressing the carbon footprint issue is a compulsory item when making a bid for these events, including pre-event evaluation, measures to aim at keeping it under control, and post-event evaluation. Organizers of events not related to the EMA may freely get inspiration from these guidelines.
Organizers should consider actions that can create immediate and practical gain, such as to limit waste, the emission of greenhouse gas (GHG) induced by the event, and the use of resources on-site. This can be sought by identifying the sources of waste and emissions, proposing measures to address them, and monitoring the outcome for each event, as well as progress on the long run. The document Guidelines for Sustainable Events gathers practical recommendations.