2. Standards & Regulations

This subject looks at some of the existing and emerging regulations and laws which apply to the sustainability and environmental aspects of event management.

A country’s laws, from Federal through to state/territorial/departmental and local government by-laws, may regulate the way an event interacts with the environment and the community. These may include current and emerging laws and regulation.

What industry codes of conduct, accreditations schemes or standards apply to the events industry?


BS8901: Sustainability Management Systems For Events 
Anew standard that has been designed specifically for the events industry with a purpose to assist the industry to operate in a more sustainable manner. The processes that are implemented will help define the requirements for sustainable event management ensuring a balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress. www.bsigroup.co.uk

International: ISO 20121 Events Sustainability Management System 
Based on the BS8901, this new international standard is currently in development. ISO 20121 is projected to be launched mid 2012, just in time for the London Olympics. Read More.

Quebec: BNQ 9700-253 Sustainable Development – Responsible Event Management
The standard establishes guiding principles for the responsible management of events held in Quebec. www.bnq.qc.ca

CSA Z2010-10
The new CSA Z2010-10 Requirements and guidance for organizers of sustainable events standard integrates the management and sustainability practices recommended by a number of sources into a practical application for a wide variety of cultural, business, and sporting events and festivals. www.csa.ca


Eco Logo Events – CCD-095: Events
North American eco-labelling organisation Eco Logo has created a certification for events. To be authorized to carry the EcoLogoTM the event or tour must obtain the points prescribed in each of the following categories; waste, materials, energy, carbon & transport. www.ecologo.org

Industry Green
The Industry Green Framework is the creative industry’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction programme; it is a voluntary certification framework that enables companies to demonstrate climate responsibility. www.juliesbicycle.com

The Accepted Practices Exchange is an initiative of the Convention Industry Council (CIC) bringing together all stakeholders in the development and implementation of industry-wide accepted practices to create and enhance efficiencies throughout the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. APEX is currently in the process of finalizing standards for green meetings and events. The standards will be composed of nine sectors within the planning process.  Those are: Accommodations, Audio/Visual and Production, Communications & Marketing, Destinations, Exhibits, Food & Beverage, Meeting Venue, On-Site Offices, Transportation. www.conventionindustry.org