Gamescom is, without a doubt, the single largest gaming convention on the planet, which means it also requires massive amounts of energy to operate and can leave a pretty significant environmental footprint due to all of the related waste and emissions from transport vehicles and paper tickets. It’s with that in mind that the Gamescom organizers are outlining steps being taken to make the con greener, with an eye on being “climate neutral” by 2050 and measures to reduce environmental effects with this year’s event.
Gamescom and Koelnmesse are working with ClimatePartner, a firm that helps companies and organizations reduce their carbon emissions, to refine power usage, sell “green tickets,” and encourage exhibitors to make a recommended climate contribution depending on the size of their stand. Other initiatives being taken by Gamescom include converting fleet vehicles, adding photovoltaics to the Confex building, adding bike stations and e-charging stations, and renovating the Confex building to reduce its energy needs by 30%.
This year’s Gamescom event is set to be both a digital and in-person affair, running in Cologne, Germany, between August 24th and 28th. It will also, apparently, try to be a more eco-friendly event overall.