Resource depletion, environmental degradation, carbon emissions, global warming, filling up of landfill sites, social responsibility – these are all current issues of concern. As a result, there is an international movement across all industries to reduce their various impacts on the environment by promoting resource efficiency and sustainability. This includes the events industry.
Thousands of events, meetings and conferences are being held annually with a large demand on natural resources. In recognition of this demand and our responsibility as an industry, the Gauteng tourism authority (GTA) has developed Green Events Guidelines with the aim to promote resource efficiency and sustainability within the events industry in Gauteng.
This book can be used as a guideline for implementing a green programme for a range of events, such as meetings, festivals, conferences and exhibitions. It applies equally to large sports events and small local community initiatives.
The handbook is not only intended for professional event organisers, but also for people arranging small informal events at schools or in their local community.
To understand the full process and the reason for event greening it is recommended that the guidelines be read in its entirety. There is some duplication of information between the different sections to provide a comprehensive overview and to ensure continuation of information in the different sections. The reality is that it can’t and should not be seen in isolation, but is integrated throughout all the aspects of an event.