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Electric cars can now power events in Europe thanks to @AirQon.eu and @UIA_Initiative

Amazing news from Brussels this week - AirQon has received funding support from UIA (Urban Innovative Actions)  to set up event power charging from electric vehicles. Amazing work both of you - we can't wait to see what you can do! Read the news

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8th GO Group Workshop Festival and Event Sustainability - 1 & 2 April 2019 - PRAGUE

8th GO Group Workshop Festival and Event Sustainability - 1 & 2 April 2019 - PRAGUE | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

It’s time for the 8th international GO Group workshop in Prague.

 

The 8th GO Group workshop for sustainable festivals and events will focus on these two topics: 

 

Festivals of the future – innovation & mindset (day 1)

Work, Life & Us (day 2)

 

GO Group speakers:

 

Register here NOW!     https://gogroup.eventbrite.de

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IUCN releases report on mitigating biodiversity impacts of new sports events.

IUCN releases report on mitigating biodiversity impacts of new sports events. | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

IUCN released another sport and biodiversity report this week:

 

Mitigating biodiversity impacts of new sports venues

 

Sport is often closely associated with the great outdoors. In its very earliest incarnations, the natural landscape was the field of play, while today the success of some outdoor sports relies on natural landscapes. Recognition of these dependencies, as well as a drive to make sport more biodiversity-friendly, has led to an increased interest in sustainable sports development and conservation among sport federations, governments, the private sector and the conservation community.

 

Read the report

 

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Plastic drinks bottles will not be available at Glastonbury 2019 | Glastonbury Festival

Plastic drinks bottles will not be available at Glastonbury 2019 | Glastonbury Festival | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

"For the first time, single-use plastic drinks bottles will not be available to purchase at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. They will also no longer be supplied or available in any of the Festival’s backstage, production, catering and dressing room areas.

For those wishing to drink water – which we certainly do recommend! – we are, once again, encouraging all Festival-goers to use a reusable water bottle and refill it at any of the hundreds of free water taps around the Glastonbury site."

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Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Report - a deep dive into their approach to sustainability management, successes and lessons learned, spanning 12 cities and 9 months of event!

Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Report - a deep dive into their approach to sustainability management, successes and lessons learned, spanning 12 cities and 9 months of event! | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

The 2017/18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race raced around the world with a mission - to accelerate change to restore Ocean Health and bring attention to the critical issue of marine plastic pollution.

 

This sporting competition spanned nine months, twelve host cities, and saw three million visitors and 100 000 corporate guests.

 

The global platform was used as a force for good, encouraging positive change amongst the millions of people the Race touched along the way. With a focus in the race villages of no single-use plastic, almost 400 000 plastic bottles and more than a million other items of single-use plastic were avoided.

 

The Race has an education programme, reaching 100 000 children, and an onboard science programme collecting data on micro-plastic concentration from the remotest parts of the Ocean. The Ocean Summits, held at seven of the host cities, brought together decision makers from government and industry, scientists, solutions innovators and ocean advocates together to make commitments and action.

 

The Sustainability Report offers a deep dive into the approach to sustainability management, successes and lessons learned.

 

The mission was made possible with the incredible support from sustainability partners 11th Hour Racing, Mirpuri Foundation, Ocean Family Foundation, Bluewater, Stena Recycling, Volvo, and AkzoNobel.  Partnering with UN Environment #CleanSeas

 

>>> View the report <<<

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8th GO Group workshop in Prague on April 1 & 2 | Go Group

8th GO Group workshop in Prague on April 1 & 2 | Go Group | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

We are looking forward to meet you in the czech capital in spring, because we want to talk about today and tomorrow. Let‘s discuss how we run our operations smarter and how we treat the environment and ourselves more responsible and more sustainable.

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Shortlists Announced for International AGF Awards

Shortlists Announced for International AGF Awards | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

A Greener Festival have announced the shortlists for the debut International AGF Awards, which will be hosted following the Green Events & Innovations Conference and ILMC Production Meeting on Tuesday 5th March at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.

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AIF's Sustainability Training Day for Festivals Mon 4 Mar 2019, London, UK. 

AIF's Sustainability Training Day for Festivals Mon 4 Mar 2019, London, UK.  | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Following on from 2018’s #DrasticOnPlastic campaign, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) are pleased to announce a sustainability training day to offer festival organisers practical tips and information on running a greener and more environmentally sustainable event. 

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Great to hear Luge athletes speaking out on climate change. No snow = no snow sports!

In January 2019, a group of extraordinary athletes came together to develop an important message to their fans at the Luge World Championships in Winterberg, Germany.

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AISTS Sustainable Sport & Events two-day intensive

AISTS Sustainable Sport & Events two-day intensive | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Over two days, from the 4th to the 5th of April 2019, the Sustainable Sport & Events Open Module will provide concrete examples of what leading sports organisations, such as the Olympic Games, Formula E and North-American leagues such as the NHL and NBA are doing.

 

The module will take place at the Synathlon located on the University of Lausanne Campus in Switzerland.

Register

 

For more information please email info@aists.org or call on +41 21 692 64 80

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Green Events & Innovations Conference – London March 5, 2019

Green Events & Innovations Conference – London March 5, 2019 | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Register now for the 11th annual Green Events and Innovations Conference.


March 5, 2019

London, UK

Sustainable Event Alliance Leadership Team members will be in attendance and look forward to chatting about SEA and all things event sustainability!

 

https://www.agreenerfestival.com/green-events-innovations-conference-gei/

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UKAS to create ISO 20121 Accreditation scheme  

UKAS to create ISO 20121 Accreditation scheme   | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Great news that UKAS is developing accreditation for the certification of ISO 20121.

 

This means that certifying bodies will be able to become accredited to certify ISO 20121 - and with this comes prescribed auditing process.

 

This is important as currently when events apply for third-party audits with certifying bodies, there is no consistency and wildly ranging approaches, and consequently costs to audit.

 

An accreditation scheme will work to streamline this and offer guidance or requirements on conducting third-party audits on ISO 20121. 

 

An integral part of this scheme is reinforcing the requirement for certifying bodies to ensure the skills and competencies needed to conduct a rigorous and effective audit in events/sustainability are included in the auditing team. This includes ensuring the certifying bodies meet the competencies detailed in the very long entitled:

ISO/IEC 17021: 2015 (Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems) and ISO/IEC TS 17021-4 (Competence requirements for auditing and certification of event sustainability management systems).

 

More details on competency requirements in auditing ISO 21021 can be found here: 

https://sustainable-event-alliance.org/iso-20121-auditor-competency/

 

Interested in being an ISO 20121 auditor with event sustainability competency? Take our course: http://training.sustainable-event-alliance.org

 

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Top 10 branded plastic pollution revealed by clean up audit

Top 10 branded plastic pollution revealed by clean up audit | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

In 2018 individuals and organisations took action to hold corporations accountable for the plastic pollution they force into the marketplace through unnecessary, problematic and excessive throwaway packaging and materials. Break Free From plastic member organisations engaged nearly 10 000 volunteers in 239 cleanups in 42 countries on 6 continents, collecting over 187 851 pieces of plastic pollution. 

By adding 'brand audits' to the cleanups, thousands of parent companies were represented in the log. Their analysis reveals the Top Polluters as:


Coca Cola
PepsiCo
Nestle
Danone
Mondelez International
Procter and Gamble
Unilever
Perfetti van Melle
Mars Incorporated
Colgate Palmolive

The top three accounted for 14% of the branded plastic pollution found.

What is heartening is many of these brands realise they must take direct action in producer responsibility of the products they sell in disposable packaging, into markets where no collection system is in place. Reports like this one can only help to accelerate action by producers, government and communities.

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GreenPort Congress | A plastic free GreenPort Congress 2018

GreenPort Congress | A plastic free GreenPort Congress 2018 | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
The 2018 edition of the GreenPort Cruise & Congress conference Europe will not be welcoming any plastic.
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Women's 2019 World Cup winners to receive same bonus payment as men for first time, Adidas announce

Women's 2019 World Cup winners to receive same bonus payment as men for first time, Adidas announce | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Adidas have announced that all athletes on the winning 2019 World Cup team will receive the same performance bonus payout as their male peers for the first time.

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Where will all your plastic trash go now China doesn't want it?

Where will all your plastic trash go now China doesn't want it? | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

Last year the Chinese government dropped a bombshell on the world recycling business: They cut back almost all imports of trash. And now a lot of that plastic gets shipped to other countries that don't have the capacity to recycle it or dispose of it safely.

 

What is the plan for your event's plastic trash?

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Southland Stadium trial reusable cups | Stuff.co.nz

Southland Stadium trial reusable cups | Stuff.co.nz | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it
Reusable cups being introduced at events held at Stadium Southland are saving seven hundred single-use cups per event.
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Live music business news

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Tent Waste - A Single-Use Plastics Problem

The Greener Festival Director, Teresa Moore, reveals details of her extensive studies into the problem of tent waste at festivals.

 

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Sustainability toolkit devised for sports events

Sustainability toolkit devised for sports events | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

A wide-ranging sustainable events guide – which provides strategic advice, templates and checklists – has been published by the team responsible for the Special Olympics’ first sustainability programme.

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Want to turn the tide on plastic in sport? The Volvo Ocean Race shows how. 

Want to turn the tide on plastic in sport? The Volvo Ocean Race shows how.  | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

It’s already billed as one of the world’s most challenging competitions, but this year the organizers of the Volvo Ocean Race added an extra dimension to the gruelling 45,000-nautical mile journey—they pledged to host the most sustainable race ever, drastically reduce their use of plastics and change mindsets around the world.

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Dutch portable windmill marks green future for festivals

Dutch portable windmill marks green future for festivals | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

If you’re at Glastonbury festival this summer, look out for a brightly-coloured, 21-metre high windmill. Designed by researchers at the University of Technology in Eindhoven (TU/e), this new, portable gadget may be the key to substantially reducing festivals' CO2 emissions.

Check out the video! https://youtu.be/pKFq2gG6vUw

 

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Event Industry Council principles of event sustainability supports SEA charter 

Event Industry Council principles of event sustainability supports SEA charter  | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

It's excellent to see the Events Industry Council creating their event sustainability principles. These dovetail perfectly with the Sustainable Event Alliance's membership charter which can be viewed here:

 

https://sustainable-event-alliance.org/membership-charter/

 

So great to see we're all on the same page! We hope that the Events Industry Council work in this space will broaden the reach an interest in sustainability amongst the general events population!

#sustainabilityisthenewnorm 

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Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from discarded smartphones and laptops  

Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from discarded smartphones and laptops   | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

All medals at next summer’s Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will be made from recycled electronic waste, including discarded smartphones, digital cameras and other handheld games and laptops, organizers have revealed.

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What can the Olympics do for the city, not the city for the Olympics.

What can the Olympics do for the city, not the city for the Olympics. | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

The prospect of hosting an Olympic Games will always split the opinion of a city’s inhabitants. Many will see it as an investment. A chance to improve surrounding infrastructure and gain significant exposure. Think London, and how the 2012 Games proved to be the catalyst for the complete transformation of an unloved, neglected and a frankly uninhabitable patch of the UK’s capital.

 

It's been a busy 2018 for the IOC sustainability team, with reports, publications and strategies unveiled. Marie Sallois and Michelle Lemaitre talk to Sports Sustainability Journal.

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New SEA Leadership Team for 2019 | Sustainable Event Alliance

New SEA Leadership Team for 2019 | Sustainable Event Alliance | Sustainable Events News | Scoop.it

We would like to welcome to the Sustainable Event Alliance, our new cohort of event sustainability experts, enthusiasts, and solutions providers to our Leadership Team, who together will guide this professional guild in the coming year.

 

With global reach, and a huge rang of event sector representation and subject matter expertise, the information, advice, support and resources coming from the Sustainable Event Alliance to the event sector is set to flourish. 

 

As volunteers, these industry professionals are dedicating their time to help the growth of sustainability within the event sector - covering sports, festivals, conferencing, special events, exhibitions and destination marketing. 

 

Find out who our Leadership Team members are.

 

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Electric cars can now power events in Europe thanks to @AirQon.eu and @UIA_Initiative

Amazing news from Brussels this week - AirQon has received funding support from UIA (Urban Innovative Actions)  to set up event power charging from electric vehicles. Amazing work both of you - we can't wait to see what you can do! Read the news

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