The UN have named 2017 as the Year of Sustainable Tourisim for Development, making this an exciting year when the focus of not only the tourism industry, but all other sectors, will be on sustainability. This month we'll be exploring exactly what this Year of Sustainable Tourism means for the event industry.
Throughout much of 2016, Positive Impact was in conversation with San Francisco Travel about how they could further their sustainable event efforts by coming together with venue partners and large events in San Francisco and implementing ISO 20121. A proposal went out, San Francisco Travel were happy to get partners involved, conversations took place between all partners on an individual basis, and Positive Impact travelled to San Francisco for a kick-off meeting. An hour into the meeting it was clear that the initiative wasn't wanted by all parties, event after all these months of positive conversations. So what were there reasons? At Positive Impact we think it's important to learn as much as possible from our experiences so we spoke to all partners post 'kick-off' meeting to find out their thoughts...
This piece of research was launched by Positive Impact and Wonderful Copenhagen at the Sustainable Brands conference 2016 in Copenhagen.
During the Sustainable Brands conference'16 in Copenhagen, Denmark Positive Impact and Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau launched a piece of research that asked, "Is a Brand's Sustainability Commitment Evident in their Events?".
London 2012 has been a fantastic catalyst for sustainability in the event industry, influencing the development of a British Standard for Sustainable Event Management, BS 8901. This has now been developed into ISO 20121, an International Standard for Sustainable Event Management. We've gathered together a selection of resources from or related to London 2012 that can support your role in making the event industry more sustainable.
The event industry is on a journey to a better and more sustainable future. We have created this simple roadmap to guide organisations and individuals towards more sustainable business practices. As you can see below it really is achievable by 2020, that is if we all make a collaborative effort. Breaking down the process into incremental stages will ensure you can fully dedicate your attention to each stage.
The New Normal: Establishing the UK as a global leader in event sustainability’ is the first in a series of Positive Impact reports. In December 2014, Positive Impact Events and Nick de Bois MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group, convened a group of event and sustainability experts from a range of organisations including Anglian Water, Barclays Bank, Leeds Beckett University, the Greater London Authority and IMG.
Each year, Positive Impact supports EIBTM on its sustainability journey. EIBTM is organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions who have been implementing sustainability since 2009 as an early adopter of the British standard BS 8901 for Event Sustainability. This standard is now the International Standard ISO 20121 and Reed Exhibitions are now active pioneers in the exhibitions industry working to align with this standard.