Call For Papers

The Cash Sustainability Forum brings together central banks and cash stakeholders from every part of the cash cycle to consider how the environmental impact of cash can be minimised. While every country is unique, the activities of the cash cycle are common which offers the opportunity to share best practice and to learn from others.

Speakers are welcome from every part of the cash cycle from central banks, banknote producers, cash management and cash in transit companies, equipment manufacturers, packaging companies, recyclers etc., as well as from outside of the industry. Given that sustainability is a global problem, speakers are welcomed from every part of the world.

We also welcome thoughts from delegates on any presenters, papers or themes you would like us to include, particularly speakers outside of the industry.


We welcome presentations on subjects such as:

Setting goals

  • The different goals that organisations set, United Nation Sustainable Development
  • Goals for example, why they are chosen and their pros and cons?
  • The measurement of the environmental impact of the cash cycle
  • The measurement of the environmental impact of other payment instruments
  • Is sustainability just for Advanced Economies and large well-staffed central banks?

Reporting and measurement

  • What should stakeholders measure, what metric to use, what methodology to use?
  • How to compare the relative environmental performance of organisations through the cash cycle?
  • What to look for in ESG reports? What does greenwashing look like?
  • How the different ways of creating and publishing performance compare, ie. ratings agencies, science based target initiative, carbon disclosure project. How is accreditation and performance achieved?

Sustainability and tenders

  • How can sustainability be included in tenders? How much of a difference can this make?
  • What is best practice? How do you avoid creating a costly and time consuming burden for suppliers? Will it add to costs? Will customers pay more?

Production and cash management: reducing environmental impact

  • What is green energy? How can it be assured?
  • How do you reduce your carbon emissions in production and in circulation?
  • Is offsetting acceptable, practical, sensible, assured?
  • To what extent can CO2 emissions, energy, water, waste water, raw material inputs, fossil fuels, packaging, transportation etc. be reduced?
  • How much is investment, how much is process, what does good look like?
  • How can supplier co-operation lead to better outcomes?
  • How do motivate and engage staff?
  • How can waste be reduced, reused and recycled?
  • How can customers be managed to reduce environmental impacts?

Central banks and reducing environmental impact

  • How can design reduce the impact of cash?
  • How do long life banknotes reduce the impact of cash?
  • How can central banks influence the velocity of cash?

Cash cycle actions to reduce environmental impact

  • How can recirculation reduce the impact of cash?
  • What can central banks and stakeholders in the cash cycle, CITs, Cash Management companies, commercial banks, retailers etc. do to reduce cash movements?
  • How can the packaging, materials and movement involved in issuing, distributing, sorting and managing cash be reduced? Who should lead?
  • How can data be used to change the cash cycle?

End of life: reducing environmental impact

  • What are the options for disposing of cash at the end of its life? What does it cost, what infrastructure is needed, what central bank expertise is needed, what complexity and risk does it introduce? How ‘green’ can it be?

The conference also has a specific focus on innovation, emerging technologies, business process engineering, and new ‘business models’ – so proposals for presentations on these, particularly where they draw on best practice from outside of the industry, will be particularly welcome.

Overt commercial presentations will not be considered.

How to Submit Your Abstract

If you would like to present a paper, you are invited to send a 200-word abstract on your topic or case study via the form below by  30 April 2024.

You can also contact us with any questions you have about presenting at [email protected].