Environmental Initiative

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The GSMA strives to be environmentally responsible at all our offices worldwide, as well as at our global events. We encourage MWC Las Vegas exhibitors, sponsors, and partners to do their part.

Calculate and Offset your Carbon Footprint

We all can reduce our impact to the environment. Click here to calculate and offset the carbon footprint of your participation in MWC Las Vegas.

Our Objectives

  • Contribute to the preservation of the environment by reducing our emissions and waste.
  • Identify more opportunities to considerably reduce our event’s emissions.
  • Continue to work actively with our suppliers on improving our products to achieve emission reductions wherever possible.

What We Will Do in 2023

Building on our achievements at MWC Las Vegas 2023, here is what we will be doing this year:

  • The Green Stand Initiative will provide 30 free carbon footprint studies to space only exhibitors on a first come, first served basis. This will provide us with more accurate data for the event carbon footprint study. All data will be confidential.
  • Work with GSMA Operations team to reduce footprint of MWC Las Vegas feature areas within the event.
  • All theatre structures will be modular and re-used in other events /meeting rooms built using reusable materials where possible.
  • Digital distribution of welcome pack and other media materials to reduce the use of paper.
  • Low-voltage lighting fixtures used in all shell scheme stands and meeting rooms where possible.
  • Reusable utensils and tableware will be provided at official catering outlets.
  • Attendees can recycle their networking printed badge at the end of the event by putting the badge in the recycle bin at the exit.

The following are green practices of Las Vegas Convention Center

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), operates the Las Vegas Convention Center, and is committed to sustainable strategies that create superior customer experiences. LVCVA partners with show producers, building clients, business partners and contractors to:

  • Maximize recycling of excess materials, including carpet, techno trash, cables and more.
  • Utilize eco-friendly cleaning products.
  • Offer plant-based food options which can reduce carbon emissions and waste byproducts.
  • Connect building clients with local community organizations, charities and non-profits which can benefit from corporate social responsibility initiatives.


  • Reducing lighting intensity by 50% during event move-in/move-out periods
  • Powering off escalators on low-traffic days
  • Converting lighting fixtures to energy-efficient LED lamps


  • Utilizing low-flow toilets in nearly 100% of all bathrooms.
  • Installing desert landscaping throughout the grounds, saving more than 1 million gallons of water annually.
  • Using products certified by the EPA WaterSense program, which use less water and save energy.


  • Using a dual-stream process that captures mixed recyclables (paper, plastics, metals, reusable dishware), diverting items from trash receptacles.
  • Practicing environmental purchasing, in which the LVCVA evaluates the environmental and sustainability of the property it purchases. In addition, used equipment that is no longer viable to operation is auctioned to local vendors who may benefit from their use.
  • Water bottle filling stations are placed throughout the property to reduce single use plastics.
  • Cigarette waste recycling converting cigarette butts into energy at 576 watts per pound.
  • The LVCVA’s Finance Department has operated completely digitally since 2014.


Please see ‘Transportation Systems’ for more information about Vegas Loop & Las Vegas Monorail

  • The Las Vegas Monorail connects the Las Vegas Convention Center to six additional stations along Las Vegas Boulevard.
  • RTC Transit provides services for conventions as well as regular stops near the LVCC.
  • Taxis and rideshare services are available during events.
  • The LVCVA utilizes electric-powered carts and lifts on Las Vegas Convention Center campus.

Our Achievements

  • Paper-free Media Centre, press kits and press releases.
  • All communication via email, Mobile World Congress Americas does not send out physical letters from registration.
  • LEED Gold certified venue.
  • 98% of the carpets (total of 8,865 sqm) were reused.
  • In accordance with Los Angeles Food Service Waste Reduction Ordinance, Styrofoam was banned, and all serve ware was required to be compostable or recyclable
  • No single-use plastic bags were allowed.
  • Shell scheme stands/meeting rooms were built using reusable materials where possible.
  • Low-voltage lighting fixtures used in all shell scheme stands and meeting rooms where possible.
  • Reusable utensils and tableware were provided at official catering outlets.