ITI CONFIRMS SUSTAINABILITY IN IMPLANTOLOGY On May 12 and 13, 2023, the ITI (International Team for Implantology) will hold Germany’s first sustainable implantology congress in Dresden. “Under the guiding principle ‘Sustainability in implantology – wish and reality’, we want to set an example with a modern congress concept, both in terms of content and the responsible use of resources,” explains Thomas Kreuzwieser, Member of the Executive Board at Straumann GmbH and Section Manager of the German ITI section with its 1,200 members. “We align all our actions accordingly and consider the potential consequences for the environment in all our decisions. Just recently, we held a workshop at the ITI Section Office, where we discussed aspects such as energy efficiency, carbon footprint and ecological material use in detail and defined measures, for example. These are the concepts that drive us at the ITI in terms of sustainability.”

Among other things, the decision was made to no longer fly within Germany, and instead of traveling by car, the section office team travels by train whenever possible, Kreuzwieser adds. This is also underlined by the option that a discounted Deutsche Bahn congress ticket can be purchased by participants for the CO2-saving journey to Dresden, including a city ticket for the connection on public transport. “We furthermore motivate our participants and speakers at all events to travel by Deutsche Bahn, and when selecting our event locations we try to make sure that they are easily accessible by public transport.”

According to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, the overall environmental impact of paper consumption in Germany is extensive – the paper industry is one of the five most energy-intensive industries in Germany. This is one of the reasons why handouts at ITI events are now a thing of the past and printed documents are largely dispensed with in Dresden.

When selecting hotels and event locations, the company makes sure that they preferably pursue a sustainability concept, use local and organic food, or use green electricity. “These aspects were important to us when choosing the Dresden venue, and they are a further sign of our commitment to a climate-resilient environment,” emphasizes Thomas Kreuzwieser. “In this context, I would like to point out our cooperation with the climate protection organization Atmosfair, which, by the way, was rated ‘very good’ by Stiftung Warentest. Thus, we transfer EUR 25 to the organization for each registered congress participant.”

Further information:

ITI International Team for Implantology
ITI Section Germany
P.O. Box 60 48
79036 Freiburg
Phone: +49 (0) 761 4 50 18 88
Fax: +49 (0) 761 4 50 18 89

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