Beyond Asia: Edge; Edmonton Convention Centre; and Solar Power Africa

TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.

When opened, Edge will be the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere
When opened, Edge will be the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere

Stand over the Edge in New York City
Hudson Yards has announced that Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor observation deck, will open to the public on March 11, 2020.

Visitors will be able to step out onto the observation deck’s glass floor – soaring 100 floors above New York City – and take in the panoramic view of the skyline over Western New Jersey and New York State.

A champagne bar, located on the 100th floor, will offer a glass of champagne or signature cocktail and light bites to enjoy indoors or outdoors on the sky deck. Operated by London-based rhubarb hospitality group, Rhubarb will also operate Peak, the restaurant, bar, café and event space located on the 101st floor.

Edge will be open seven days a week year-round from 08.00 to midnight, and tickets are now available for purchase.

Edmonton Convention Centre cuts greenhouse emissions
The Edmonton Convention Centre in Canada has announced plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, beginning in January 2020.

It aims to reduce the venues greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15 per cent by 2025, and 30 per cent by 2035. The Centre’s plan also supports the City of Edmonton’s GHG reduction plan to reduce its emissions by 35 per cent by 2035.

The centre has also collaborated with Climate Smart, an organisation that provides training and support for businesses looking to reduce its GHG emissions, to track its emissions data and create action plans to achieve its reduction targets.

In order to reach its reduction targets, the venue will make behavioural and structural changes in the areas of energy generation, heat usage, transportation, waste management and communications.

The GHG reduction plan follows the launch of the Edmonton Convention Centre’s responsible meetings programme.

New trade fair for solar energy
Messe Frankfurt, in cooperation with the international organisers SNEC PV Power Expo and Solar Power Events, will be organising a brand-new tradeshow, Solar Power Africa.

Set to take place from November 4-6, 2020, the aim of the two-day event is to bring together leading minds and solution providers in Africa’s solar industry and to further develop the African solar market. There will be technical workshops, as well as an accompanying trade fair.

Solar power has long been a promising source of energy for African countries, in particular, because of the continent’s abundant natural resources and the decreasing cost of the solar solutions. Southern Africa specifically boasts one of the highest 24-hour global solar radiation averages in the world, at 220 W/m2, making it one of the sunniest regions in the world.

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