New guide helps organisers plan environmentally sustainable events

Legacy of green events set to live on with new guide

The guide, which builds on learnings from high profile events was launched at the Scottish Tourism Alliance’s event at the Scottish Parliament last night where the Legacy 2014 programme highlighted the tourism benefits of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

It has been developed to showcase best practice and act as a quick reference guide for key topics including energy, water, waste management, venue, catering and transportation.

Our  energy efficient programme worked with event organising committees to ensure events made efficient use of energy, water and raw materials, and recycled where possible.  The programme is now working with various other event companies that strive in this sector. We share guidance and support with the wider events sector in England, Scotland and Wales.

The guide, ‘How to plan and deliver environmentally sustainable events’ can be read on our website

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Last year saw Scotland set a new benchmark for sustainable events and Legacy Week is a great opportunity to celebrate this success and thank all of those who made it possible. I’m delighted to welcome the publication of this new guide and look forward to seeing how it can help us to build on this valuable experience and make events in Scotland as green as possible.”

Chief Executive of Zero Waste said: “2014 really was a once in a lifetime year for Scotland as we saw sustainability raise its profile in the planning and delivery of several high profile events. The legacy of these events has the potential to really benefit Scotland, and this guide has been developed to ensure that resource efficiency stays on the agenda.

“Through our Resource Efficient  programme and working closely with strategic partners we are supporting and enabling the events industry to be environmentally responsible. By taking steps to improve sustainability, for example putting in place plans to divert waste from landfill or re-using materials where possible post-event, organising committees can boost their reputation and gain a competitive advantage, while helping to create a truly sustainable Scottish events industry that competes on the world stage.”

Chief Executive of Tourism Alliance said: “We have shown the world we can deliver first class events, if we are to continue to attract and deliver high profile quality events we need to practice what we preach and take sustainability seriously. This guide is a great tool for the industry to reference and we actively encourage all tourism business to do just that.”