Supporting the environment

We are moving towards a climate-friendly congress: The DGPPN is taking responsibility for the environment and therefore, together with its service providers and partners, has committed itself to sustainability. The goal is to use as few resources as possible at the DGPPN Congress and to reduce the event’s carbon footprint. Our priorities: avoid, balance, offset.

This year the DGPPN will use atmosfair to compensate for the emissions generated by the congress. This will offset 341,000 kg of CO₂.

Atmosfair has calculated the sources of an event’s emissions as follows:

  • Travel to and from the event: approx. 70 %
  • Accommodation: approx. 15 %
  • Food: approx. 10 %
  • Energy needs plus infrastructure and premises: approx. 5 %

Help protect the climate! 
Support the DGPPN in making the DGPPN Congress as climate neutral as possible because participant involvement is crucial for achieving carbon neutrality.

Travel to the congress by train and use local public transport. If possible, choose a sustainable hotel and, when deciding what to eat, pay attention to animal welfare and try to avoid waste. The 4-step concept provides useful guidance: 1. avoid, 2. reuse, 3. recycle, 4. dispose of. You as an individual can also balance and offset your carbon footprint: A contribution of 6 euros (minimum amount) per participant will offset the emissions caused by travel to and from the event and by overnight stays.

Act ecofriendly and offset any amount of CO₂ now

The DGPPN task force “Climate and psyche” has developed several concrete measures to make the DGPPN congress climate neutral. These measures will be implemented gradually, with the following steps being implemented this year:


  • Agreement with the German rail company, DB, for environmentally friendly and more cost-effective travel
  • CO₂-offset via atmosfair
  • Visitors will be asked not to drive with their own car or fly

Recycling and waste prevention

  • Fewer disposable items (also in the industry exhibition)
  • Reusable crockery or sustainably produced disposable crockery
  • Use of reusable drinking bottles
  • All service providers and suppliers will be informed about and have to comply with the on-site waste separation system, and they will be required to take back packaging
  • Smaller printed programme
  • No congress bags
  • No giveaways
  • No printed flyers


  • Service providers will be asked to pay attention to their own eco-balance
  • Efforts of the Messe Berlin to improve its energy efficiency (
  • As a general rule, all materials should be recyclable, biodegradable or reusable

Food and catering

  • Seasonal and regional food
  • Fewer meat products
  • Careful calculation of food requirements to avoid leftovers

Facilities/exhibition stands

  • Use of rental furniture
  • Fewer and climate-friendly carpets
  • Use of reusable signage

User behaviour/organisation/compensation

  • Participants can check in digitally
  • Option to compensate for CO₂-emissions

Communication and promotion of sustainable behaviour

  • Information about DGPPN climate goals
  • Also increase awareness of the topic “Climate and psyche” in the various congress events and encourage participants to self-commit




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