As a market leader in live events, UBM sees it as fundamental that we are conscious of the impact that our actions have on the environment and the communities in which we operate. We endeavour to control our impact.

UBM strives to manage its impact by ensuring that the principles of sustainability are at the core of all our activities.

Towards a sustainable Tissue World

ISO 20121: In 2012 UBM became one of the first major organisers to successfully implement and certify our sustainable event management system against the International Standard ISO 20121 for five of our European events and our Amsterdam office.  The ISO 20121 Standard   helps our business to manage its processes and risks while focusing on the long-term sustainability of our business.

Tissue World: Our Focus

Reducing the Carbon Impact of the Show

We aim to reduce the carbon footprint of our show by sourcing more sustainable options and through better management of our resources.
This includes printing on recycled paper, ensuring our waste is recycled and reducing and reusing where we can!

Waste Reduction

Our strategy is to firstly reduce the amount of waste that is generated through Reduce and Reuse.
Secondly, we aim to increase the proportion of waste which is recycled.
Tissue World needs your help to try to make this happen. Contact us for more information on how you can contribute!

Sustainability Achievements: Tissue World Barcelona

1. Carpet is one of the greatest components of waste. At Tissue World 2015, the aisle carpets were completely eliminated

2. Carbon footprints were reduced by using local suppliers, raw materials and food originating from local producers within a maximum radius of 100km from Barcelona

3. Energy was reduced by 20% through the use of low-consumption lighting in the stands, controlling lighting during the assembly and dismantling stages, through the use of natural daylight and monitoring air-conditioning levels at all times

4. Catering waste was reduced by using 100% biodegradable kitchenware, although more expensive than regular plastic plates and glasses

5. Stand construction material was cut by limiting maximum construction height to 4m, the creation of open spaces for feature areas instead of partition walls and shell scheme constructions

6. All PVC and vinyl banners were collected by a local company (By Myeco) to give them a second life

7. Paperless processes were adopted and in the case of printing, FSC paper was exclusively used although more expensive than regular paper

8. Waste management procedures were implemented for all contractors and exhibitors, with a "waste patrol" team throughout the event. A "green fee" was applied in the case of abandoned waste

As a result of these preventive actions, only 12,876 tons of waste was collected compared to 22,000 tons in the previous edition of Tissue World.

What Can You Do?



The biggest environmental impact of visitors to our events is from travelling to and from the event. The single best thing visitors can do is to consider their travel choices.

  • Choose to travel by trains: the same distance traveled by train creates 90% less carbon than planes
  • Pick a hotel close to the event venue to reduce travelling distance
  • Try to carpool when leaving the event
At the event

Be aware of what waste you are generating, and reduce it as much as you can.

  • Make full use of the recycling facilities provided
  • Try not to gather excess promotional material that you are not using: this helps exhibiting companies have a better idea of how much they need to print yearly.


Your stand

When designing your stand think about what will happen to all the different elements of it once the show is over.

  • Design and build your stand to be modular and reusable. Ask your designers how you can avoid your stand going to waste. This is often a more cost-effective solution and will benefit your company in the long term.
  • What is your stand made from? Use recycled and recyclable/reusable materials that are made using sustainably sourced materials.
  • What electronics are you using? Use LED’s or low energy light bulbs. Is anything being used or left on unnecessarily?
Your printed collateral

When designing your collaterals to be handed out, consider these.

  • Printed Materials: Are you using 100% recycled paper? Is it FSC? Is the paper unbleached? Could you use a digital version in the stand instead? Do you need to hand them out?
  • Promotional Materials: If you are handing out pens/pencils, why not ensure those are sustainable by buying ones that are made of recycled plastic or paper? Could you use paper bags instead of plastic bags?
  • Don’t be afraid to advertise how your company is taking this into consideration in preparation of the event! Did you know that  over 60% of handouts are thrown away?
Health and safety

It is important exhibitors abide by the health and safety guidelines of the show in order to ensure everyone’s continued health and safety during the event.

Positive community impact

Think about ways your stand or your presence at the event could benefit communities around the local area.

  • Can you work towards making sure materials viable for a second life are donated to NGOs or SMEs?
  • Can you incorporate fundraising for the charity that your business supports into the stand?
  • Promote your corporate social responsibility work and gain valuable visibility for the charity of your choice. An exhibition is a perfect place to advertise your CSR commitment to thousands of business professionals who are looking for fantastic ideas!

Contact Us

If you are a visitor, exhibitor, supplier, venue, or an interested party and would like to work together with us towards sustainability, or you simply have a questions about sustainability, do not hesitate to contact us:

Agnes Gehot
Senior Global Event Manager – Tissue World & Asian Paper
Email: [email protected]