Keeping Events Green
Ahead of the G7 Summit (11-13 June) and pivotal COP 26 climate change conference (1-12 November) the government of host nation, the United Kingdom, has commissioned BSI to undertake event sustainability assessments.
Both events will bring together world leaders to address important issues which shape the world we live in, and their sustainability will be assessed against the ISO 20121 Sustainable Events Management standard, which sets out best practices for event organisers.
BS ISO 20121:2012, the Event Sustainability Management System, is modelled on British Standard BS 8901 which was published in 2009 and adopted for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. To claim compliance with this standard an organization must define and implement its sustainability policy, monitor and evaluate the event against key performance indicators and eventually review the event, both in its preparation, in its execution and in its legacy, feeding conclusions back into the policy to positively affect future events.
COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, comments: "The world faces some intense challenges and our best hope of addressing them is if we collaborate and share solutions globally. Climate change is among the most urgent of those challenges, and so it is vital that we bring world leaders together in a sustainable way. I am delighted that BSI will be working with us to ensure that the G7 and COP26 are delivered in a way that respects the planet we are working hard to protect."
Martin Townsend, Global Head of Sustainability at BSI, says: "As Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the events industry opens up a growing societal pressure to demonstrate good practice is being placed on organizations. It is becoming increasingly important to minimize environmental, social and economic impacts and the industry must use this next normal as an opportunity to build back better and make the events they host sustainable, ethical and responsible.
"It is fantastic to see ISO 20121 being implemented against two high-profile, global events. We hope that this demonstrates the UK’s position as a driving force in sustainable events and highlights the importance of incorporating strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of these activities."
His colleague, Pietro Foschi, Group Director of Assurance Services at BSI, adds: "BSI is committed to making a positive impact by supporting our clients towards the long-term resilience of their organization as well as by achieving the targets we set for BSI Group, subscribing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are delighted to be working with the UK Government on these two world-stage events which adopt world renowned best practices contributing to advance sustainability for society."