Green initiatives

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Gauteng Green Events Guidelines

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.

CSIR ICC - Taking care of our environment

Amongst others the CSIR ICC has the following initiatives to reduce negative environmental impact:

  • Waste separation at source

  • Recycling of all waste including batteries and printer cartridges

  • On-site 'wormery' producing garden compost from organic waste

  • Recycling of used cooking oil to manufacture oil-based products

  • Use of recycled paper or paper from a sustainable source for all printing

  • Reduction of use of printed material wherever possible

  • Computerised Building Management System controlling HVAC to reduce use

  • Electricity demand managed by strategic timing of use of heavy consumption equipment

  • Energy saving and energy efficient light fittings and bulbs throughout building

  • Lighting on motion sensor control in feasible areas

  • Move from use of bottled water to filtered tap water in jugs

  • Measurement of water and electricity consumption and active drive to reduce consumption

  • Group travel, public transport and services such as internet streaming provided for clients to reduce travel footprint

  • Training for staff on resource use reduction in the workplace and at home

  • Donation of idle assets and equipment to charities

  • Donation of excess food to charities

  • Participation in community feeding schemes

  • In-service trainee skills development program

  • ISO 14001 Certification

  • Continuous improvement program with measures and targets

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