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Bookings open for SEE Summit on the Environment

Supported by a number of optical organisations, the event aims to increase awareness of, and engagement with, issues of sustainability within the sector

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The online event aims to increase awareness of, and boost engagement with, social, ethical and environmental (SEE) issues, and also aims to contribute to the Government’s goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Established by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO), the summit is supported by the Association of Optometrists (AOP), the British Contact Lens Association, the College of Optometrists, the General Optical Council (GOC), and the Optical Suppliers Association (OSA).

Running from 7–8.30pm, the webinar programme will include a range of speakers discussing how they have moved towards environmental sustainability in practice and manufacturing, providing advice and best practice.

With bookings open, ABDO’s vice-president, Daryl Newsome said: “We all recognise the importance of climate change and pollution. Many different organisations within optics are making great efforts to make our industries and professions environmentally sustainable. This event will bring together individuals and organisations to share best practices in an impartial and collaborative way.”

Commenting on the event, AOP chief executive, Adam Sampson, said: “The SEE Summit gives recognition to the vital area of environmental sustainability: facilitating the conversation around critical, tangible goals for the future of the industry.

“We’re pleased to be part of those conversations – helping our members, and the wider profession, take achievable steps to reduce waste and improve sustainability.”

The GOC will also be supporting the event, with chief executive officer, Lesley Longstone, suggesting: “It’s important that the sector reduces its environmental impact, and the GOC is committed to doing the same.”

Meanwhile, Stuart Burn, chairman of the OSA, added: “This fantastic initiative will bring positive change and lasting effects to the optical sector and the environment we inhabit.”

At the start of 2021, ABDO formed a working group to address SEE issues and as part of this work, is encouraging practice owners, eye care professionals and manufacturers to join the event. The group is also looking to develop a network of professional bodies, manufacturers and practitioners to work together to raise awareness of the issues.

The event will take place in the lead-up to the UN Conference of the Parties climate change conference, which takes place between 31 October and 12 November 2021. 

More information and booking details for the SEE Summit can be found online.