Environmental

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.

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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.

Basic Measures

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 Measures

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 Measures

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

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Resources

  • Carbon Footprint of the Edinburgh International Film Festival >

    The 1,630 delegates to EIFF 2008 had a total footprint of 760 tonnes of carbon-equivalent emissions. Of this total, around two thirds was due to attendees travel to and from the event ...

  • Carbon Footprint of the Junior World Rugby Championships >

    The aim of our research was to assess the events environmental impact, with a secondary aim to undertake some longitudinal research with people who had been through ancillary activities as part of the accompanying rugby development programme ...

  • Developing Environmental Indicators Great Yorkshire Run >

    This report investigates three evaluation themes: Attendance; Social Impacts: identity, image & place; and Social Impacts: participation. Within these themes, there was a special focus on Children and Young people. ...

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008 >

    This report focuses on the experiences and perceptions of volunteers working at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival ...

  • IRB Junior Rugby World Championships 2008 >

    The aim of our research was to assess the events environmental impact, with a secondary aim to undertake some longitudinal research with people who had been through ancillary activities as part of the accompanying rugby development programme ...

  • The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run 2008 >

    This report investigates three evaluation themes: Attendance; Social Impacts: identity, image & place; and Social Impacts: participation. Within these themes, there was a special focus on Children and Young people ...

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