Sustainability in virtual Landscape2021

Virtual conferencing causes less carbon emissions than in-person events. Transport to the venue, usually responsible for the largest share of the carbon footprint of events, is not necessary. And yet, virtual conferences still produce greenhouse gas emissions caused by the energy need of network data transfer, servers and hardware. Online meetings that are necessary to prepare conferences, conference-related website visits and search engine queries add up to the environmental impact of virtual events.

Landscape2021 aims at reducing the carbon footprint caused by the conference. During registration, you are invited to donate 5, 10 or 20 Euro in addition to your registration fee. With your donation, you will support a local carbon offset and landscape protection project in northern Germany. Your donation will be confirmed on your registration documents. ZALF cannot provide a separate donation receipt.

Via the platform AgoraNatura, Landscape2021 will invest your donations into certificates that support the MoorFutures project “Königsmoor”. The north German landscape is rich in peat lands. Rewetting them is an important measure for GHG mitigation. In “Königsmoor”, peat land in the region Schleswig-Holstein will be rewetted to store carbon in peat soil. The project will run for 50 years and save an estimated amount of 39.520 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. The potential of this project to reduce GHG emissions has been verified by TÜV Rheinland and complies with ISO 14064-2.

AgoraNatura is an online marketplace for certified conservation projects. It bundles certified nature conservation projects from all over Germany, whose effects are measured using a science-based standard. This allows companies and private individuals to explicitly invest in transparent nature conservation projects while also enabling smaller environmental organizations to present their projects to the broad public.