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.
Download - Environmental Toolkit (.pdf, 402kb)
ISO 20121 International Sustainable Event Standard
To harmonize the event industry's global efforts to tackle this challenge, ISO will develop an International Standard promoting the sustainable management of events. The standard will be produced by a new ISO project committee, ISO/PC 250, Sustainability in event management. About 30 countries are already involved as participants or observers. ISO 20121 is expected to be finalized in 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics.
BS8901 Specification for sustainable event management
BS 8901 is the new British Standard which has been developed specifically for the events industry with a purpose of helping the industry to operate in a more sustainable manner.