What is a sustainable event? And how do you do it?

24.10.2017 14:44

SUSTAINABILITY is another one of those words that have metamorphosised to be applied to so many new applications that it is difficult to work out what it means and how to apply it.

So a sustainable event sounds incongruous. After all how do you sustain a temporary occasion?

Well that's what I thought so I looked up some stuff and found this. Definately worth a look.
In a previous existence my design consultancy was the first in the UK to achieve ISO 9001. I can recomend the process for both internal quality systems and communication plus enhanced external perception.

ISO 20121 - Sustainable events

Events take a heavy toll on our resources, society and the environment. They can generate significant waste, put a strain on local resources like water or energy, or even ignite tensions in local communities. With ISO 20121 you can make your event sustainable, no matter its type or size.

Providing a model to follow when setting up and operating a management system, find out more about how MSS work and where they can be applied.

How does it work?

ISO 20121 offers guidance and best practice to help you manage your event and control its social, economic and environmental impact. Every action counts, from relying on tap water instead of plastic bottles to encouraging use of public transport. You might find that it also helps you cut unnecessary costs.

ISO 20121’s flexible approach means that it can be used for all types of events, from music festivals to school outings.

The standard has been developed with input from many different stakeholders, including representatives from the event industry, to make it practical and useful. It addresses all stages of an events’ supply chain, and includes monitoring and measuring guidelines.

Who is it for ?

If you are involved in the event industry in any way, this standard is for you. ISO 20121 has been successfully used for all types of events, from music festivals to school outings.Check it out here.

Sustainable events with ISO 20121

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