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Start planning your sustainable event

Photo: Jonas Hoejgaard Andersen

Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, minimising your footprint and creating a positive and lasting impact, can seem like a daunting task. We have created this guide to help you reflect, to rethink and to set your climate ambition level. Read more about why

Check out the Copenhagen Sustainability Guide version 2.0 here

We all leave a footprint. Let’s not be ashamed. But let’s make sure we reduce that footprint through a sustainable mindset that has a positive impact on people.

This guide is divided into 6 planning areas and will help you set your sustainability ambitions for your next event. You can go through the planning areas one by one or focus on the ones that are relevant to your event. In each section you will be introduced to three different levels of commitment, which can give you inspiration for your event, regardless of whether you are new to planning sustainably, experienced or an expert. 

Consider this a starting point. This is a guide, and not a final checklist. The guide will help you create your own list of actions and let you explore the ways in which to create an ambitiously sustainable event. 

Zaki's Hånd
Wonderful Copenhagen

Tool box and Step-by-step guide

If you are looking for help to set strategic sustainability ambitions for your organisation as a whole,
start with this toolbox and step-by-step guide for setting international sustainability goals.

Good luck! 

6 Planning areas:

We are on a joint mission, and while every event and city have their opportunities and challenges, we are certain that the experiences of delivering a sustainable event you gain in Copenhagen, can be valuable. The aim is to inspire event organisers, participants and cities in designing future practise for events as potential drivers of positive impact. This can happen in Copenhagen as being the perfect backdrop city for hosting sustainable events. But ultimately, it is together that we build upon each other’s learnings in creating the next generation of sustainable events. That goes beyond more than just a sustainable checklist as the goal is to create an event that drives lasting sustainable development.

Cases: Learn from the best

Here are four event organisers sharing their ambitions and practical insights on how to drive sustainability to the next level. We hope they will inspire you.

Case: UIA 2023
UIA logo 2023
Case: Roskilde Festival
Roskilde Festival
Case: C40 World Mayors Summit
Case: Tomorrow Urban Travel 2019

If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact the CVB team at