Event organisers can now refer to a new standard for sustainable events management, one that's currently being used to help make the 2012 Olympics the most sustainable in history.
ISO 20121:2012 Event sustainability management systems – Requirements with guidance for use supports the organisers of events of all types – sporting, business, cultural, political – in ensuring sustainability in their activities
ISO 20121 has been created by the event industry for the event industry and more than 30 countries and liaison bodies participated in the work.
Members of the sustainability team for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games are among the stakeholders who provided input.
"This is a piece of legacy with the potential to transform how events around the world consider their economic, environmental, and social impacts," said head of sustainability David Stubbs.
Conferences, concerts, sporting events, exhibitions, and festivals can offer a wide range of public, local community, and economic benefits. However, staging an event can also generate negative economic, environmental, and social impacts, such as material waste, energy consumption, and strains on local communities.
The new standard is relevant to all
members of the event industry, including organisers, event managers,
stand builders, caterers, and logistics suppliers.
ISO 20121 provides a recognised international framework to identify the potentially negative social, economic, and environmental impacts of events by removing or reducing these impacts, and to benefit from improved planning and processes.