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Why Measure Environmental Impact?

It is becomingly increasingly important for event organisers to understand the environmental impact of their event, in the interest of sustainability, sound strategic management, cost effectiveness and maximising sponsorship/funding.

In some cases, there may be an acceptance that an event will have some negative implications for the environment. Some event organisers may simply want to limit the scarce resources used in delivering the event and in so doing may put in place event management practices to demonstrate their commitment to limiting such consumption. Others will identify positive environmental impacts and, in these cases, developing a strategy to capture such impacts is critical.

Choosing a Level of Impact

Environmental impacts have been broken down into three categories based upon the ease with which they can be measured. Further details on this categorisation can be found here.

  • Basic Environmental Impacts

    Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William

    Number and type of environmental management plans in place. Systems should include the identification of environmental impacts to be measured

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  • Intermediate Environmental Impacts

    Post Festival Recycling centre

    Assesses how attendees have travelled to an event, their perceptions of the event's environmental credentials, and their intent to change their environmental behaviour

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  • Advanced Environmental Impacts

    Olympic Park development

    Considers long-term change in people's environmental behaviour, especially linked to any changes in participation

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Case studies

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