2008 International CES Goes Green, PowerPulse To Provide Video CoverageJanuary 06, 2008 by Jeff Shepard
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced that the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)® is taking unprecedented steps to "go green" by becoming carbon neutral and incorporating the use of sustainable and energy efficient practices. Produced by CEA, the 2008 International CES, the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology, will run January 7-10, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"As the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology, we are also the first tradeshow of our size to reduce our carbon footprint," said Gary Shapiro, CEA’s President and CEO. "We will do so by reducing energy consumption, increasing our recycling efforts, improving efficiency where possible, and making strides toward offsetting our unavoidable emissions. Consumer electronics are part of an energy-saving solution and improve the way we live, work and play, which gives this industry an opportunity to be a positive force for change and integral to environmental solutions that will ensure future generations inherit a healthy planet."
CEA has formed a partnership with Carbonfund.org, a leading provider of voluntary climate solutions, to reduce the carbon footprint of this global industry event. Carbonfund.org will offset the approximately 20,000 tons of carbon associated with the International CES by investing in a combination of certified renewable energy, reforestation and energy efficiency projects.
CEA believes it will be fully offsetting its carbon footprint. The calculations do not factor in the carbon savings due to CES. For example, CEA estimates that by offsetting CES and consolidating trips otherwise necessary for the same meetings, the net savings in travel miles is over 700 million miles.
CES will also debut a TechZone dedicated to environmentally and economically sustainable technologies which contribute to the social and cultural growth of the developing world. To remind attendees of their offsetting options and provide tips for a ‘greener’ CES experience, CEA will produce a "Greening CES" TV segment to be broadcast in all attendee hotel rooms, and attendees will also have more opportunities to recycle aluminum cans, plastic, paper and glass at CES.
CEA is taking additional steps to make the 2008 International CES more sustainable including working with its Las Vegas-based vendors to use ‘green’ solutions at the event itself. Seventy-five percent of all food containers and utensils used by the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to serve CES attendees will be fully biodegradable and all surplus food will be donated to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission; recycled carpet will be used throughout the Central Hall of the LVCC; and all attendee literature will be printed on post-consumer recycled paper with soy ink. Likewise, only non-hazardous cleaning solvents and soaps will be used by LVCC staff and all light bulbs, batteries and electronics used by the show will be recycled and diverted from landfills.
Douglas Bess, the editor of PowerPulse.Net, will be taping segments from the CES show floor, highlighting exhibitions that are of particular interest to the power electronics industry. The segments will be broadcast in the video section of the website.