Our journey to net zero by 2040

Our Journey to Net Zero by 2040

I love RELX. It is such an interesting business with excellent CSR credentials. I was keen to stay within the organisation but move into one of the businesses. I’m really interested in exhibitions as an industry that touches multiple sectors and geographies, and I had been watching RX closely. The company has undergone huge transformational change over the past two years in the wake of Covid-19, and I saw a real opportunity to drive the sustainability agenda forward in response to climate change.  My interest co-incided with RX signing UFI’s Net Carbon Zero Events pledge in November 2021. RX is a founding partner of the pledge which commits the event industry to achieve net zero by 2050, at the latest, and halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. I guess you could say the stars aligned, and here I am!

Helen Sheppard
Sustainability Director

The RX Sustainability Series

The RX Sustainability Series, Part 1:
Talking Sustainability… with Helen Sheppard

In the first of a new series of articles focusing on sustainability at RX, we talk to Helen Sheppard who joined us as Sustainability Director in January 2022. She tells us about her background in corporate responsibility, what inspired her to take on this important new role at RX, and how the company is aiming to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050 (or earlier), as a founder signatory of UFI’s event industry pledge.  

The RX Sustainability Series, Part 2:
Exploring RX's Sustainable Events

RX is a founding partner of UFI’s pledge which commits the event industry to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. As we develop our own roadmap to achieve net zero by 2040, in parallel with our parent company RELX, we shine a light on four RX sustainable exhibitions which are taking an industry lead on event sustainability and informing our journey with their best practice.

The RX Sustainability Series, Part 3:
RX partner with venues and suppliers to drive net zero carbon events

On 6 November, the COP27 Climate Change Conference gets underway in Sharm El-Sheikh. As a founding signatory to the UFI Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge, RX is committed to helping the events industry achieve Net Zero by 2050. Collaboration between organisers, venues and contractors is key to making our Net Zero goals a reality. We reveal how RX is partnering with ExCel London, New York’s Javits Center, Messe Wien, Freeman and STANDout, amongst many others, to drive the sustainable change we all need to see.

The RX Sustainability Playbook
Guiding our journey to net zero events

The journey to net zero carbon events starts right now. Check out how RX’s new Sustainability Playbook is informing and supporting our event and operations teams to make more sustainable event choices.

Later this year, RX will publish our Pathway to Net Zero, setting out our carbon reduction strategy to achieve net zero by 2040, with key milestones for all our shows. As a first step, we have developed a new carbon reduction toolkit or ‘Playbook’ to support all of our event and operations teams in making more sustainable choices – be it through switching to digital catalogues, using sustainable badges and lanyards, recycling waste within the local community, or any number of other transformative opportunities.

How RX supports the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

2022 saw a strong return to face to face events for RX and good progress on our corporate responsibility priorities and Sustainable Development Goals, as highlighted in our Annual Report. We look back on an exciting year of diverse and sustainable growth.

Corporate responsibility at RX is not a programme or prescriptive set of activities; it is how we do what we do on a daily basis. Like every RELX business, we align all our objectives to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make our own unique contributions to specific SDGs through our products, knowledge, resources and skills.

 The very nature of our business at RX is to foster communities, and in doing so we are particularly mindful of SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and SDG 13 (Climate Action). Here’s how we have made a difference over the past year.

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