We saw the first approaches to hosting sustainable events with a focus on the event footprint itself. On how to reduce single-use plastic, food waste and include more plant-based food alternatives. Next, we saw an approach of a second generation where events sustainability expanded to also considering participants' footprint from travel, accommodation and consumption outside of the event space itself.
Both generations’ focus areas are still highly relevant to include when planning a sustainable event. Nevertheless, going beyond and creating an event that drives lasting sustainable development, that is the approach of what we would like to call the new generation of sustainable events. A new generation that takes on a more holistic approach by actively engaging with and inspiring participants, exhibitors and suppliers to drive lasting sustainable development and lasting impact in local and global communities – before, during and after the event. We have a strategic approach to creating long-term positive impact from congresses called Copenhagen Legacy Lab, but we don't stop here. New ideas and perspectives on the future of sustainable events are taking form. Thinking regenerative, resilient, and responsible event planning is a new perspective to be further explored in our next phase of further developing this guide to planning sustainable events.
This guide is not meant to be a meassurement tool and hence a reporting framework. We encourage you to find inspiration from international recognized non-financial reporting standard frameworks and certifications.
We need to encourage as many people as possible to be part of the sustainability agenda, such as clients, partners, suppliers, companies and organisations within the whole value chain and leave no one behind.