Industry discusses sustainability at The Athenaeum

Leading event professionals congregated at The Athenaeum in Mayfair, London, last Friday (14 June) to discuss a collaborative approach to sustainability within UK events.

The Athenaeum provides settings for UK event sustainability debate
The Athenaeum provides settings for UK event sustainability debate

The event formed part of a series meetings, organised by Positive Impact, and included a video testimony from Dr Kevin Anderson, deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, who highlighted the urgent need for action.

Delegates conferred about the need to apply innovation and creativity to the problem, and focused on a number of areas such as incentivising brands to commit to sustainability at the top level of the supply chain.

Fiona Pelham, managing director of Positive Impact, said: "It's great to see the industry collaborating, to ensure we have the right level of leadership and innovation.

"Positive Impact has led a series of group meetings and will continue to facilitate these meetings every six months, hopefully with an increasing number of industry input."

Attendees debated about the need for the industry to clearly communicate a journey for businesses looking to improve their sustainable credentials, establishing a wider reason for supporting sustainability through better business practice, and working with stakeholders to talk across the many facets of the event industry.

A series of scenarios were also discussed that could impinge in the UK's place as a global leader in events, and how the industry can continue to lead in this respect.

The event was attended by a number of representatives from the event industry including RLC Productions, Gallowglass, International Confex, Manchester Central, the Sustainable Events Summit, VisitEngland and ECO Venues.

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