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BERA and Environmental Sustainability

We are trying to make all our activities more sustainable in a variety of ways. In this we are guided by the key principles of a sustainability programme – eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle and disposal. There is always more that can be done, and we aim to get better – but this is a key commitment from BERA. For further information, or if you have any feedback, please contact

The following are some of the ways in which we have endeavoured to reduce the ecological footprint of our activities and demonstrate our commitment to environmental responsibility.

Conference and Events

  • We have introduced an assessment of a venue’s environmental policy and sustainable practices as part of our decision-making process.
  • Environmental sustainability for the 2023 conference can be found here:
  • A shift to a primarily virtual events programme has lowered carbon emissions.
  • Supplying refillable water bottles at Conference, we have removed single use water cups.
  • Mobile app and digital screens have eliminated the need for printed programmes.
  • We have launched a ‘Travel Sustainability Bursary’, providing additional funding for those who require more time on their journey travelling in a sustainable fashion.


  • Reduced the journal print run, new members must now ‘opt in’ to receive paper copies of the journal.
  • Compostable wrap is used for Research Intelligence, and it is printed on recyclable paper.
  • Reports are digitally published, with only print-on-demand as required.
  • Working closely with our publishing partners, Wiley, to highlight the importance of sustainability. They have recently moved printing of BERJ back to the UK and are moving to compostable packing.
  • Optimising the design and layout of publications to reduce paper waste through the use efficient formatting, appropriate margins, and font sizes that ensure readability without excessive page length.

Office/ Meetings

  • Office lights are on timers to switch off when vacant.
  • Recycling bins have been installed in the office building.
  • Minimisation of single-use items such as plastic cups, cutlery, and paper plates – the BERA office purchases sustainable and recyclable items where possible.
  • Old electronic items are securely wiped and donated for re-use to those in need.
  • Cloud-based storage to eliminate the need for physical documents/ files.
  • Printing and photocopying of documents is undertaken only when necessary.
  • A hybrid governance meeting schedule is in place which reduces carbon emission and costs.
  • No printed documents are provided for meetings.
  • Meeting venues are booked with due consideration for their energy-efficient facilities, waste reduction programs, and a commitment to recycling.
  • Meeting locations are all accessible by public transport.

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