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7 Strategies for Achieving Net Zero Carbon Events

Taking a significant stride toward sustainability, the Net Zero Carbon Events initiative has unveiled seven comprehensive guidance documents aimed at decarbonization. The culmination of collaborative efforts involving over 100 individuals globally, these documents present a detailed roadmap for responsible event management, ushering in a new era of environmental stewardship.

1.       Energizing Sustainable Event Spaces:

To initiate the journey towards decarbonization for event venues, the Venue Energy segment proposes a four-pronged approach. Recommendations encompass various aspects, from monitoring energy consumption to implementing sustainable IT strategies, with a focus on practical measures such as LED lighting and light sensors. A pivotal aspect involves the introduction of a venue energy reporting system, encouraging all interested venues to showcase their progress.


2.       Innovating Production and Waste Solutions:

Segmented into three parts focusing on smart production, waste management, and the Materials Library, this document holds transformative potential for the events industry. Emphasizing the principles of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Refuse in smart production sets the stage for a more sustainable approach. Meanwhile, the Materials Library serves as a comprehensive resource, providing emission factor sources for different materials and promoting a culture of reuse.


3.       Streamlining Event Logistics for Sustainability:

Breaking down the complexities of logistics into four key scopes, this document not only outlines best practices but also identifies obstacles to decarbonization. It underscores the need for collaborative efforts among stakeholders, including event organizers, venues, and destinations, to enhance traffic modes and management.


4.       Sustaining Events Through Food Management:

Shedding light on the often-overlooked impact of food and food waste on event carbon footprints, this document offers comprehensive guidance. It introduces essential principles for sourcing, purchasing, and managing food and food waste and a practical checklist for stakeholders. User-friendly sections like "good to know" and "what I can do" make it an invaluable resource for sustainable event planning.


5.       Sustainable Travel and Accommodation Solutions:

Presenting a best practice matrix for travel and accommodation, this document addresses both internal and external events. It emphasizes reducing air travel, exploring sustainable alternatives, and understanding offsets. Additionally, it provides guidance on sustainability certifications for accommodation. Stakeholder engagement and case studies further enrich the guidance, showcasing real-world applications of sustainable travel and accommodation practices.


6.       Balancing Carbon Footprints Through Offsetting Measures:

 Delving into the complexities of offsetting within the context of the event, this document offers a detailed yet accessible overview. It examines various offset types, their advantages and disadvantages, and guides on selecting high-quality offsets. Informed by a survey, the document reflects the current landscape of offsetting in the events industry, with plans for continuous updates based on evolving data and stakeholder input. It acknowledges that while carbon offsetting schemes are not the sole solution to achieving net zero, they play a role in carbon avoidance.


7.       Quantifying Event Emissions for Sustainability:

The NZCE Measurement Methodology presents a robust approach to understanding and quantifying event-level emissions. The nine categories cover everything from production and materials to digital content and communication. The methodology caters to stakeholders at various levels, offering tiers for both novices and advanced users. As the industry progresses, future iterations will address specific challenges and incorporate detailed guidance on secondary data, coefficients, estimation, and extrapolation. Continued data collection will bolster assumptions, ensuring the methodology remains at the forefront of sustainability endeavors.

These guidance documents mark a significant stride toward a sustainable events industry, providing not only a roadmap for decarbonization but also fostering a culture of responsibility, collaboration, and continuous improvement. Equipped with knowledge and tools, ULTRATEND is poised to help you navigate the path toward net-zero carbon events helping you leave a positive environmental legacy. With our holistic approach of imbibing various aspects of sustainability in exhibitions and 10+ years of industry experience, we can bring you the edge to set you apart from the competition. So, buckle up and reach out for a free consultation now at +44 20 3807 9480 or mail us at to drop your query today!

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