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“Let’s shape tomorrow, together” as Allianz theme for BIBA 2022

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A fully sustainable stand, with a charging station powered by employees and broker partners in the weeks prior to the event on 11th May

In line with its commitment to build a sustainable future, Allianz Commercial is proud to unveil its plans for the 2022 BIBA exhibition.

Working together with Extreme Exhibitions, Allianz has ensured that its stand this year is as eco-friendly as it possibly can be whilst in transit, at the event and post event. The stand itself will be constructed solely from recycled and recyclable materials.

Sustainability is a top priority for Allianz throughout the business, and it has shown its commitment to a greener future. It is the first insurer partner of Solar Energy UK, who are doing brilliant work to triple the UK’s renewable energy output by 2030. Also, Allianz recently achieved the accomplishment of having 100% of electricity in all UK offices provided by renewable sources.

With sustainability so high on its agenda, what better way to represent that than to arrive in Manchester at the much anticipated BIBA conference with its first completely sustainable stand?

The stand will feature carpets made with 100% recycled nylon from discarded fishing nets and a fully recyclable environmentally friendly bar, with compostable glasses and cups.

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The cardboard used for the structure and the furniture on the stand can all be fully recycled after the event, also.

However, Allianz’s greener BIBA campaign starts long before the conference begins on 11th May. By using kinetic exercise bikes connected to batteries in its London (31 March – 13 April) and Manchester (13-29 April) offices, employees and brokers will be cycling to power the charging station at the stand. So that visitors can charge their phones and laptops whilst at the exhibition.

Simon McGinn, chief executive of Allianz Commercial commented:

“I’m delighted that Allianz is leading the way to ensure that we are creating a more sustainable future. After many years of taking part in exhibitions, we recognise that there is more we can be doing to prevent many materials ending up in landfill.

“We, and our peers and broker partners, need to continually question the decisions we all make as an industry to ensure that we are shaping tomorrow together. That is why at the beginning of the year we also launched the Allianz Net Zero Accelerator, where we have pledged £100,000 to assist independent brokers in measuring and reducing their carbon footprint and to help them on their journey to net-zero. The response from our broker partners has been overwhelmingly positive and we’ll soon open the programme for a second round of applications. We’ll be happy to discuss further details about this at the BIBA conference.”

Post event much of the stand will be sent to a local reclamation centres to be recycled again and the trees and plants will be donated to a local cause meaning that no elements of the stand will go to waste.

Allianz’s head of events Steve Flynn said “The desire to create a stand that is sustainable has given us a real challenge, but the company and employees have really thrown passion behind the initiative and it feels good to know that we will be walking away from the event with zero waste and a lot of the stand being put to good use afterwards.”

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