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Sustainability

City

Rotterdam focusses on sustainability under the umbrella of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative. The Port of Rotterdam and the City of Rotterdam, among others, work as partners to enhance the sustainability of the city, the Port and the industrial complex. Rotterdam also participates in the Clinton Climate Initiative, C40, 100 Resilient Cities and Connecting Delta Cities, and became home to the UN Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in 2018.

The City of Rotterdam has defined three goals for a green, safe and sustainable city.

  1. Green, healthy and future-proof
  2. Cleaner energy at lower costs
  3. A strong and innovative economy

Local partners have signed agreements to achieve a pleasant, green and safe city. Venues and hotels strive for a Green Key certification, (a voluntary eco-label). They have a unique approach to food, using locally produced goods, and engage in programs to avoid food waste. Rotterdam Partners is committed to a sustainable approach to events, and is a member of the GDSI since 2016.

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Venue

De Doelen actively tries to limit the environmental impact as a result of their business activities. With the renovation of their concert hall for example many energy-saving facilities were installed. However, awareness of the environment is a continuous process and includes the entire business; from waste separation to office paper.

In October 2010, De Doelen received the Golden Green Key, the international hallmark for environmentally friendly companies. Furthermore, they are co- signatory of two sustainability agreements signed in Rotterdam. They are also one of the seven partners of 7 Square Endeavor. This international cooperation and sustainability project has the mission to prepare the cities for the future.

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Floating Farm is a self-sufficient farm on water. Here they produce daily fresh food (dairy) in an animal-friendly and sustainable way.

Not only do they develop a valuable floating body with Floating Farm as an alternative to the scarce land in our country and beyond, the production and sale of fresh food is circular and close to the consumer.

As a result, there are hardly any waste flows, they shorten the logistic chain and introduce the consumer to healthy, daily fresh products.

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Traveling by train with Eurostar

Would you like to travel to the conference on the Eurostar high-speed train? Then take advantage of our special discount!
– 10% off Standard tickets
– 15% off Standard Premier tickets

How to make use of this discount?
After registration for the congress, you will receive a link to an entry form and a unique code in the confirmation email. Fill in your personal details on the form together with the unique code and get access to the Eurostar discount environment. When you book through this environment, the above discounts are automatically applied to the relevant tickets.

Terms and Conditions
• Journeys can be booked for travel up to seven days before or after the conference
• Tickets are subject to availability on all routes
• Discounts are not valid on promotional fares

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Conference

Green is the colour of our conference. Not only because it makes up two thirds of the Rotterdam flag, but mainly because we want this to be the greenest and most sustainable conference in hearing up to date. The ESPCI is the largest conference on cochlear implants for children, but that also means it has a huge impact on the environment. The large number of international professionals flying to the conference emit an extraordinary amount of CO2 into our atmosphere. We, as the executive committee of ESPCI 2023, recognize the burden imposed on our environment and are proud to take the first steps towards a more sustainable conference.

Our efforts in short:

  • Raise awareness on green and sustainable healthcare throughout the entire conference by emphasising personal efforts
  • Promotion of public transportation. Make use of our Eurostar discount offer!
  • Free use of public transportation with the Rotterdam Welcome Card
  • CO2 compensation through tree planting
  • Locally sourced catering
  • Two inspiring green key-note speakers
  • Multiple sessions on sustainable and green healthcare

Green context:

  • Rotterdam, our host city, is taking sustainability very seriously
  • The venue recently installed rooftop greenery and water retention system

Traveling
Rotterdam is connected to both the Thalys and Eurostar high speed train services. The city of Rotterdam is within 3 hours travelling time from London and Paris. A discount for the Eurostar has been arranged especially for ESPCI 2023 visitors. Within Rotterdam you can easily travel by several modes of public transportation, bicycle and on foot. In the city with the largest port in Europe, water transport is of course also an option. All visitors receive the Rotterdam Welcome card, which allows free use of public transport in the city.

CO­2 compensation
One of the best ways to offset the effects of travel is by replanting trees, and that’s what we’re going to do with our conference. Crucial to our existence, forests absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and produce, among other things, the oxygen we breathe. This year we are contributing €10 of each participant’s registration fee to plant trees in a special project to expand green areas in the city.

Catering
For the catering at the conference, we opt for sustainable locally produced food, reduce food waste, refrain from  using single-use plastics and we will provide refillable  bottles with tap water.

Program
Green and sustainable will also be an important theme in our program. With our two green keynotes, we hope to inspire you to incorporate sustainable thinking into your daily clinical work. In the different sessions we will explore how hospital care can be made more sustainable, how remote wireless technologies can help reduce patient travels, and accessibility of CI care around the world.

City
Rotterdam focusses on sustainability under the umbrella of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative. The Port of Rotterdam and the City of Rotterdam, among others, work as partners to enhance the sustainability of the city, the Port and the industrial complex. Rotterdam also participates in the Clinton Climate Initiative, C40, 100 Resilient Cities and Connecting Delta Cities, and became home to the UN Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in 2018.

Local partners have signed agreements to achieve a pleasant, green and safe city. Venues and hotels strive for a Green Key certification, (a voluntary eco-label). They have a unique approach to food, using locally produced goods, and engage in programs to avoid food waste. Rotterdam Partners is committed to a sustainable approach to events, and is a member of the GDSI? since 2016.

Venue
The icon of Rotterdam’s reconstruction after WWII, the national monument De Doelen, is being radically preserved as part of the international 7 Square Endeavour project. The mission of this international preservation initiative is to make the environment ready for the future. The roof of the building is recently covered with an overwhelming 2,581m² of greenery. That is the size of 10(!) tennis courts. The water storage on the roof has a capacity of 2000 bathtubs (300m³). The roof can be visited during the conference.

The green and blue roof buffers water in crates under the vegetation, thus contributing to the prevention of flooding. The stored water feeds the plants and, with the greenery, contributes to cooling the building. The entire roof combats heat stress and thus contributes to greening the city, purifying the air and storing CO2. The lushly designed green roof landscape is designed in a geometric pattern that matches the orthogonal layout of the Concert hall.

De Doelen actively tries to limit the environmental impact as a result of their business activities. With the renovation of their concert hall for example many energy-saving facilities were installed. However, awareness of the environment is a continuous process and includes the entire business; from waste separation to office paper.

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