A zero-carbon Congress


The first Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress will be a carbon-neutral event

27 June 2018, Beijing, China – With over 1200 participants from 68 countries, the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress was a huge event. It will also be a carbon-neutral one, according to INBAR and the China Green Carbon Foundation (CGCF).

In an announcement made on the final day of the Congress, Dr. Li Nuyun, Executive Vice-President of CGCF, stated that her organisation will help establish a bamboo plantation in Yunnan province, China. Over time, the plantation will aim to sequester all the carbon emitted over the course of the Congress. The project is being co-funded by Mr. Yang Ziyi, the CEO of Kunming Suge Greening Engineering Company Ltd.

According to Dr. Li, just under 2000 tons of CO2 were estimated to have been generated through transportation, catering, accommodation and energy consumption over the course of the three-day Congress.  It will take the bamboo plantation around ten years to offset these emissions.

Dr. Hans Friederich and Dr. Li Nuyun hold up a certificate, announcing BARC 2018’s intention to be a ‘zero-carbon Congress’

CGCF is the first national wide non-profit public funding foundation dedicated to combating climate change in China, and has successfully developed a system which helps enterprises, organisations and individuals to store carbon and increase income. Since its establishment in 2010, CGCF has received more than USD 100 million in donations, and has established over 1.2 million acres of forest to store carbon across 20 provinces in China. As an authority on carbon neutralisation, CGCF has held more than 50 large-scale carbon neutral projects.

Bamboo is a very fitting plant to help with carbon neutralisation. Fast growing and with the ability to store carbon at very fast rates, bamboo plants and products could be a critical means to help countries fulfil their commitments to the climate change mitigation and adaptation plans. China boasts over 6 million hectares of bamboo, and the Congress discussed how the government has been using bamboo to help reforest degraded lands, create jobs and protect wildlife. According to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, “Bamboo and rattan can make an important difference to the fight against climate change. Nature-based solutions like bamboo and rattan do not just contribute to sustainable development; they also help build the kind of world we want.” Over the next ten years, INBAR looks forward to putting this sentiment into action.

Bamboo grows abundantly across China and many of the countries in the world’s tropical and subtropical belt.