The UK events industry accounts for 30% of the UK visitor economy generating £39.1 billion. Yet, it is still incredibly wasteful, with only 15% of waste going to landfill. Our ISO Show this week features Lucille Ryan, Sustainability Manager from Informa who provides an insight into how Informa reduces waste and demonstrates a commitment to sustainability to buck the wasteful trend in the industry.
As the world’s leading exhibitions organiser, with over 4,400 employees delivering over 550 international events and brands in more than 40 countries. Informa, are raising the bar for sustainable events globally.
In the first quarter of 2019, Informa Markets took home an impressive amount of industry honours. In total, the global exhibitions leader received 45 distinctions from a variety of industry networks.
In our podcast this week we delve right into the Sustainable events standard ISO 20121.
To give you a bit of background, ISO 20121 was created by the events industry for the events industry. Applicable to any size organization that either runs or hosts events, and wishes to improve the sustainability of their events. The standard provides a framework to establish, an event sustainability management system, which not only helps to reduce the negative impacts of events, but also capitalizing on the more positive impacts through improved planning and processes.
This standard started out as a British standard – BS 8901 in 2009. Which was when Blackmores first got involved with implementing the standard for events companies and venues that hosted events such as Wembley Stadium. But it wasn’t until the Olympic Games 2012 in London, that the standard really made its mark. One of the key aims of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, was to leave behind a positive legacy in terms of economic, environmental and social benefits, with minimum material waste, energy consumption, or strain on local communities.
I hope you can join Lucille and I discuss Informa’s sustainability initiatives and how this is making a positive impact on the events industry.
If you would like to find out more about Informa, head on over to their website: www.informa.com
Their latest Sustainability report can be found HERE
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