The top 10 global sustainability conferences

21 Feb 2024 · 7
Sustainability is at the top of every business’s list. Whether your product is actively trying to change the world for the better, or you’re looking to grow your business more ethically, a sustainability conference is the perfect place to inspire your journey. 
Thankfully, there are plenty of global sustainability conferences happening in 2024 covering climate change, clean energy, living at net zero, and much more.
Honestly, it can be a bit hard to keep track of them all. To save you time, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 global sustainability conferences happening in each region of the world. They’re all in-person events too, so you’ll be able to add to the conversation, network, and learn from the very best face-to-face. 

The top sustainability conferences in the USA

  • 14th -15th March, 2024
  • UCLA Luskin Conference Center, Los Angeles, California
Founded in 2022, Sustainability in AV (SAVe) has already become one of the major leading forces behind educating people on the harm of the audiovisual (AV) industry and e-waste. Their goal is to reach the AV industry and educate them on the ways they can responsibly manage waste and take a step towards the process of decarbonization. Attending this conference is how you can join their mission.
The goal is not only to educate but also to find partners—so if you’re looking to network or kick off a partnership with sustainability industry leaders, this conference is for you.
  • 12th - 13th June, 2024
  • Convene, New York City, New York
New York is big on sustainability conferences, and this isn’t one you’ll want to miss. This annual event brings together businesses and policymakers to tackle challenges that sustainability professionals face while trying to achieve their targets. The agenda is jam-packed with different panels and interviews on ESG standards, preventing CO2 emissions, sustainable brands, and more.
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  • 22nd - 29th September, 2024
  • Various venues, New York City, New York
One of the largest climate change conferences of its kind, Climate Week NYC holds over 500 events that tackle topics such as climate crisis, how climate action is not moving fast enough, solution implementation, and different climate tech and features. 
At this conference, many business leaders, civil society representatives, and political change-makers come from a variety of backgrounds to present their takes on climate action. Simply put, it’s a conference you can’t miss out on—and a great chance to explore New York City. 
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The must-attend sustainability conferences in Europe

  • 20th - 22nd March, 2024
  • Bilbao Exhibition Center, Bilbao, Spain
When it comes to wind, Spain is one of Europe’s leading lights—with Bilbao being especially renowned as the headquarters for two of Europe’s renewable energy leaders. At this conference and expo, you can expect to look at the state of European wind energy today
The event promises dozens of conference sessions, hundreds of speakers, and over 500 exhibitors looking to show their innovations and seal new deals. The social events encourage you to reach out to new colleagues, and there will be plenty of time in between sessions to sample the gastronomic delights Bilbao has to offer! 
  •  25th - 29th August, 2024
  • Stockholm, Sweden
World Water Week is the leading conference on global water issues, held every year since 1991. This non-profit event, co-created by leading sustainability and governmental organizations, aims to develop solutions to the most important water-related challenges.
This year, the theme is Bridging Borders: Water for a Peaceful and Sustainable Future. It focuses on the role of water in the fight against climate change, poverty, and biodiversity loss through live studio talk shows, educational movie screenings, workshops, and exhibitions.
  • 10th - 11th September, 2024
  • Business Design Center, London, United Kingdom
    Sustainability Live London is one of the biggest sustainability events worldwide, bringing in the greatest voices in the industry to discuss what we can and should do for a sustainable future. This large conference features a variety of themes, ranging from supply chain sustainability to ESG strategies, and even diversity and inclusion. You can expect their tech and renewable energy theme to include educational discussions on GreenTech as well. 
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The must-see sustainability conferences in Africa

  • 26th - 29th March, 2024
  • Mastercard Foundation Conference Centre, Ghana, West Africa
This conference talks about ESG and sustainability in Africa, specifically the effects of microplastics on marine life, food security, providers of climate-smart agricultural technology, and more. This conference focuses on the contributions of corporate organizations in delivering sustainable development goals. The conference will also offer its participating corporate organizations the opportunity to showcase their sustainable lifestyles, CSR contributions, and sustainable innovation pathways for meeting the demands of the next pandemic.
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  • 1st - 2nd October, 2024
  • Sandton Convention Center, Sandton, South Africa
This conference tackles ESG training and implementation in Africa, and how to make sure organizations drive to create a more sustainable future—making it a key conference when considering sustainable development goals. Get ready to network and learn from professionals from across the continent at this insightful conference.
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Asia and the Middle East

  • 4th - 5th March, 2024
  • Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is well-known for its colossal oil reserves, and while it still generates 99% of it from fossil fuels, the kingdom is very keen on a clean energy revolution. This conference aims to discuss the latest industry developments and the energy transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy, as well as its benefits on the world. 
Loads of clean energy initiative leaders will gather to discuss what they’ve been doing—it’s a promising conference for professionals in this field.
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  • 11th - 24th November, 2024
  • Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan
The United Nations COP 29 conference is looking like the biggest sustainability event of the year. This annual international conference is bound to attract lots of industry leaders, private sector players, and sustainability officers, amongst others. 
Due to the length of this conference, the speakers cover a multitude of topics relating to sustainability, such as climate finance, SDGs, adaptation to sustainable lifestyles, sustainable businesses, and more. We suggest keeping an eye on more updates on this one, as it's sure to be educational to anyone, whether you’re a seasoned professional or fresh on the sustainability scene.
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