Sustainability group opens to suppliers

An industry working group has brought together venues, organisers and suppliers for the first time to address sustainability initiatives in the events sector.

Chris Skeith, AEV and ESSA director
Chris Skeith, AEV and ESSA director

Members of the Association of Event Venues (AEV), Association of Event Organisers (AEO), and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) met collectively for the first time last month to find ways in which the industry can collaborate to reduce the impact of activities surrounding events and exhibitions.

The AEV created an initial group five years ago, which has since been addressing sustainability issues including providing contributions in the development of standards BS8901 and ISO 2012-1.

Emma Wellman, EC&O Venues sustainability advisor and working group chair, said: "We are delighted to be able to open up the established AEV sustainability group to contractors and advisors to gain a whole new perspective."

The group will focus on practical and procedural steps that the industry can take together specifically to reduce landfill waste and energy use.

Chris Skeith, AEV and ESSA director, said: "Over many years stakeholder groups have created their own initiatives and our ambition is to facilitate the sharing of best practice to improve sustainability within member businesses and across the sector."

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), a waste reduction initiative, is looking to engage and consult with businesses across the events industry through the working group. WRAP presented its latest initiative, a roadmap to zero waste, and is seeking feedback and contributions from the working group members.

Mirabelle Chatterjee, operations director at UBM Live group, says: "The working group gives us a way that we can work together and learn from each other to improve our approaches and practices. We can then pass the message within our companies and to members of the three associations."

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