The Specialty Coffee Association of Europe just announced it is debuting two sustainability-driven programs at its largest annual event, World of Coffee, which this year takes place in Dublin, Ireland, in June.
A Sustainability Forum — which will include speakers addressing economic, environmental and social sustainability issues in coffee — will be complemented by the group’s first ever Sustainability Awards, which will honor SCAE members working to ensure that “the coffee industry and its impact on the world are more sustainable than before,” according to the announcement.
The Forum will take place June 23-25 as part of World of Coffee Dublin, and the SCAE says it will soon announce the nominations process for the awards program. Here’s more from today’s World of Coffee Dublin announcement:
World of Coffee Dublin, owned and organised by SCAE, will be an excellent venue for the first ever Sustainability Forum, an important new feature which will bring added value to what is already Europe’s premier specialty coffee event.
The new Sustainability Forum is to become the hub for discussion at World of Coffee, with key talks on the economic, environmental and social challenges that the industry faces with regard to sustainability, as well as debate, innovation and knowledge sharing throughout the event. The coffee community has a responsibility to the industry and a large number of SCAE members have already made enormous strides in protecting the industry for generations to come so that they too can enjoy this wonderful commodity.
According to Alberto Polojac, Chair of the International Development Committee; ‘The creation of a Sustainability Policy is just the beginning of an exciting road ahead for us working towards new initiatives, each designed to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, research and innovation for the general benefit of everyone working in the industry. We are very excited to be leading this initiative and making this idea a reality and the hope is that we all will be inspired to implement change within our own organisation. Our community is a very proactive one and we all have a desire to help and educate and doing this at World of Coffee is the perfect environment.’
Ireland is home to one of the world’s most sustainable food industries and visitors to World of Coffee Dublin, which is sponsored by BWTwater+more, will be able to learn from some of the pioneering food businesses who are at the forefront of sustainability on our island. The Speciality Food Hall, supported by the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance (IFSA), will be located next to the Sustainability Forum, providing visitors with easy access to a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Surrounding the main stage area, several of the world’s leading associations and charities in sustainability will be on hand to discuss ground breaking trends from other industries and market sectors and share some of the lessons they have learned.
Europe’s No. 1 Coffee Event, which will see thousands of people from more than 100 countries converge on Dublin, will also feature SCAE’s latest awards programme, the Sustainability Awards where hard work and creativity will be recognised along with acknowledging the difference that SCAE members have already made towards ensuring the coffee industry and its impact on the world are more sustainable than before.
Details of the Sustainability Awards, including how to nominate and vote will shortly be released by SCAE – scae.com
About World of Coffee
Whether you are eager to learn about emerging trends, key industry issues or the latest in equipment or services, explore and sample the latest products or discover exciting new innovations in the coffee market, this is the place to be.
Owned and organised by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), World of Coffee is the flagship event in the European coffee calendar now in its 16th year. The event brings thousands of coffee professionals and those from beyond the core coffee community from across the globe together for a three-day celebration of coffee each June.
Find out more about SCAE’s plans for World of Coffee Dublin 2016 on: www.worldofcoffee-dublin.com
About BWT water+more
The aim of BWT water+more is to provide top quality water for all kinds of coffee, regardless of the local situation. Founded in 2005, the water filter specialist is a 100% subsidiary of the internationally active Best Water Technology AG (BWT). The BWT Group was founded in Austria in 1990 and is Europe’s leading water purification company, with over 2,800 staff in its 70 subsidiaries and holdings. As well as a wide range of products and an international presence, the added extras offered by BWT water+more include local service and loyalty to specialist dealers. For more information please visit www.bwt-wam.com.
Nick Brown is the editor of Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine.