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Sustainable Event Standard


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The Parliamentary Information Office of the Parliamentary Yearbook is currently gathering news items for major features on the impact of the London Olympics for publication in the next edition

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Sustainable Event Standard

  1. 1. Sustainable Event StandardThe Parliamentary Information Office of the Parliamentary Yearbook is currentlygathering news items for major features on the impact of the London Olympics forpublication in the next editionLondon 2012 has contributed to the development of a new global sustainability standard thathelps event organisers reduce carbon emissions and waste, manage the biodiversity ofvenues and achieve a diverse and inclusive workforce.Launched this month, in response to a global demand, ISO 20121, the international standardon sustainability in event management will potentially be part of a very influential globallegacy.The standard, developed by co-opted experts from 30 countries, provides a commoninternational language for sustainability in the events industry and a practical benchmarkingtool. It takes a management systems approach for running more sustainable events, whichshould lead to improvements in key sustainability issues such as venue selection, transport,recycling or reusing demolition waste, creating a sustainable food strategy, promotinghealthy living and creating skills, employment and business legacies.ISO 20121 is a sustainability standard created for the international event industry, by theevent industry.Since 2010, over 30 countries (including UK, North America, Japan and Sweden) have beeninvolved in the creation of a standard based on BS 8901, the British standard for eventsustainability.Chaired by UK based Fiona Pelham from Sustainable Events Ltd, this standard is likely tochange how the event industry considers their social, economic and environmental impacts.ISO 20121 is suitable for all sizes and types of events, or members of the event industrysupply chain.London 2012 has been a vital catalyst for the creation of ISO 20121 and, along with anumber of their supply chain, they are committed to the immediate implementation of ISO20121 as a demonstration of best practice in action.In 2011, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games(LOCOG) became the first Organising Committee to be independently certified to the BritishStandard 8901: Specification for a Sustainability Management System for Events. ISO20121 was developed following the success of BS 8901.LOCOG and the Olympic Delivery Authority have both successfully implemented ISO 20121making London 2012 one of the first to adopt the standard. Other early adopters includeCoca-Cola and Games venues Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and EarlsCourt.David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability at LOCOG, said:“London 2012 is proud to have been the catalyst for ISO 20121. This is a piece of legacywith the potential to transform how events around the world consider their economic,environmental and social impacts."
  2. 2. Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI, said:“Over the next few years as sustainability becomes an inherent factor in all businesses, thisstandard will provide the event industry with an opportunity to lead. We hope that futureinitiatives, small or large, will be inspired by the good work started by LOCOG in partnershipwith BSI in this important area of sustainability”.ISO 20121:2012 specifies requirements for an event sustainability management system forany type of event or event-related activity, and provides guidance on conforming to thoserequirements.ISO 20121:2012 is applicable to any organisation that wishes to: establish, implement, maintain and improve an event sustainability management system ensure that it is in conformity with its stated sustainable development policy demonstrate voluntary conformity with ISO 20121:2012 by o first party (self-determination and self-declaration) o second party (confirmation of conformance by parties having an interest in the organisation, such as clients, or by other persons on their behalf) o o an independent third party (e.g. a certification body) ISO 20121:2012 has been designed to address the management of improved sustainability throughout the entire event management cycle.ISO 20121:2012 was developed by ISO project committee, ISO/PC 250, Sustainability inevent management. It is available from ISO national member institutes. It may also beobtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, price 146 Swiss francs through the ISOStore.The Parliamentary Information Office of the Parliamentary Year book will continue to reporton the lasting legacy of the London Olympics as we go through the months ahead.Web: