Vision for a sustainable event in 2020

Charlie Banks, Sustainable Events Ltd

Vision for a Sustainable Event in 2020 

Positive Impact explains the story behind its vision for a sustainable event in 2020, how this can change the events industry and how you can start to make changes.

A sustainable events industry by 2020 may sound ambitious but there are some clever and dedicated people working together on how the industry can do just that. This vision and corresponding pledge has been created over a number of years and active contributors to the shaping of this vision over the past few years: WRAP, Defra, Environment Agency, BioRegional, The Carbon Trust, WWF, Sustain, Natural England, and Best Foot Forward.

The aim of this vision and pledge is to try and get the industry to start doing something, even if it’s just one thing and then measuring it all in the same way so that we can try to see where common trends and issues are occurring.
One of the other aims is to be able to demonstrate to other industries and government that the event industry does take sustainability seriously and can make a difference.

Speaking at the Sustainable Events Summit, MP, Nick De Bois, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Exhibitions and Events said: “Given the very difficult economic landscape it is understandable to think and act ‘short term’. But Positive Impact’s vision for a sustainable event industry by 2020 will make a significant contribution – not just to commercial survival – but in positioning the UK as world leaders in this field.”

Now key industry events such as EIBTM are playing the important role of getting this message out so that anyone can take part and start making positive changes whether you are a supplier, buyer or exhibitor. There are four levels of commitment pledge:

  • To consider
  • To monitor
  • To implement and improve
  • To commit to best practice targets

Here are 3 examples of the measures you can take to start becoming a more sustainable organization:

1. Include sustainability in staff job roles
2. Report how many initiatives you have created to educate your delegates about sustainability
3. How have you made your event a more socially inclusive one?

You can take the pledge here
Positive Impact is a not for profit organization created to provide education in sustainability for the event industry. 100% of income generated is spent on creating and delivering education resources.

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