10 Rules for highly sustainable events

Photo: Martin Heiberg

If you are too busy to set ambitions, and to read detailed guides and insights, then mind these 10 simple rules for a sustainable event.

  1. Minimise flying: Flying is very often the single biggest carbon emitter when it comes to events. Promote train and public transportation.
  2. Plant-based & no food-waste: Food and especially red meat is another big carbon emitter. Prioritise vegetarian or plant-based dishes and reduce food-waste by serving food in smaller portions - no buffet. Donate surplus food.
  3. Stay simple: Guide your participants to the most sustainable accommodation. Copenhagen has a wide range of eco-certified hotel and other affordable and sustainable accommodation.
  4. Bring your own water bottle: Reduce single-use plastic throughout your entire event. Serve only in ceramic plates, real glass and cups. Start by asking participants to bring their own water bottles.
  5. Use bicycles: Why would anyone want to sit in a car when you can bike around? It is both healthy and great for the environment. If the weather does not allow, encourage participants to take the metro or other public transport options.
  6. Repurpose all conference materials: The world is in no shortage of rollups and sponsor printouts. If it cannot be reused multiple times, consider if it needs to be produced. If so, choose materials and producers with a keen eye on sustainability.
  7. No goodie bags: Goodie bags are so last century. Are you sure this is the way your sponsors want exposure - because really, who has ever fallen in love with a goodie bag?
  8. Be inclusive: Make room for different voices, ages, genders and perspectives. Design your event so it promotes inclusion and cultural diversity.
  9. Plant a seed, build a community: Respect and inspire your employees, partners and host community. Make sure your partners and vendors do the same. What you give you will get back three-fold.
  10. Turn participants into change agents: Turn participants on right from the start by communicating your ambitions, give advice on how to make sustainable choices regarding transport, accommodation and dining
    - and inspire them to bring their new experience back home.

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Photo: Daniel Rasmussen