Sustainable Event Managment and ISO20121 

The events industry, like any other, has started to look at how it can become more sustainable. The temporary nature of events, often in sensitive areas, means that there are extra challenges in addressing sustainability issues which often do not apply to other industries. From energy generation to provision of drinking water, sanitation, waste management, choice of building materials, transport, accessability, procurement... the choices made around each of these areas can have a profound effect on what kind of overall impact, positive or negative, an event can have. 
 
We have worked for the largest show on earth - the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as with smaller events such as half marathons and multi-sports festivals.  
A management system is an excellent way to organise and evidence sustainable practices carried out by an organisation. ISO 20121 was developed alongside the London Olympics and calls for a system to be in place to reduce environmental and social impacts of an event and enhance the positive effects. 
Benefits to our clients 
Increased business opportunities - many large companies and government organisations will only work with a business that has an SMS in place or have ISO 20121 
Improved identification and understanding of the impacts of the event's activities on the environment, resulting in better controls leading to improved environmental performance 
Stronger environmental performance gives assurance to stakeholders which can improve credibility and reputation  
Case Study: ISO 20121 for Ben Ainslie Racing (Land Rover BAR) 
We helped to develop Land Rover BAR’s ISO 20121 Sustainability Management System and are now working with them to implement the system throughout their new team base and during the events they host. As a result of achieving ISO 20121, BAR have reduced costs, Identified ways to improve event planning and delivery, achieved best practice levels of efficiency and performance and defined roles and responsibilities for staff, contractors and suppliers. 
Case Study: The London 2012 Olympics 
We provided sustainability advice as part of the London 2012 Olympics venue development team. We were responsible for sustainability delivery at a number of permanent and temporary venues; from the construction of temporary overlay, through to the actual event and the subsequent deconstruction and reinstatement. Tasks included engaging venue teams and carrying out compliance audits and sustainability risk assessments to achieve zero reportable environmental incidents. We were also responsible for driving the energy management plan across all venues, achieving over £2.5 million in savings. 
Earth to Ocean can work with you to: 
assess the potential environmental and social impacts of your event 
put in place policies, processes and procedures to help mitigate and manage these impacts 
address and manage any stakeholder concerns 
obtain relevant licenses and permits required by landowners, nature conservation bodies and local authorities around areas such as habitat protection, wildlife protection and noise monitoring 
save money - reduce costs on areas such as waste management and energy 
put in place a sustainability management system such as ISO20121 which will include many useful resources including a Legal Register, Risk Assessment, an Aspect Register and an Emergency Incident Procedure; all of which help to achieve ongoing sustainability 
tell the sustainability story of your event - we know how to communicate sustainablity messages effectively 
review and update existing systems or documents 
conduct site or paperwork audits 
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