eventos sostenibles

Sustainable events take into account factors to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. Any event will generate an ecological footprint in our environment one way or another. Therefore, it is in our hands to design it in a way that minimizes this impact, or even take actions to offset it. Not only should it be carbon-neutral, but it should also involve initiatives to improve the ecosystem.

Organizing sustainable events is a responsibility of companies that can go beyond simply conveying an eco-friendly image to their audience. It's about demonstrating that the brand or institution is socially committed, planning a series of actions aimed at event sustainability. Here are 5 ideas that can serve as inspiration.

Examples of sustainable events for companies:

This study from the University of Freiburg in Germany analyzes the carbon footprint of traveling to a series of conferences. Specifically, the last seven General Conferences of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), with up to 2,000 participants.

The document shows that the carbon footprint of travel for a single conference can amount to over 2,000 tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to what approximately 270 UK citizens emit in a whole year. The average participant produces between 500 and 1500 kg of CO2 per conference.

Examples of sustainable events for companies:

This study from the University of Freiburg in Germany analyzes the carbon footprint of traveling to a series of conferences. Specifically, the last seven General Conferences of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), with up to 2,000 participants.

The document shows that the carbon footprint of travel for a single conference can amount to over 2,000 tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to what approximately 270 UK citizens emit in a whole year. The average participant produces between 500 and 1500 kg of CO2 per conference.

1. Event location

In this regard, emissions associated with the event's location must be considered. Choosing a city or a venue that is as accessible as possible to the majority of participants is essential for sustainability.

For example, for a company event, it is not the same to hold it on an island accessible only by plane as it is to have it near the company's headquarters, where most employees can walk to.

2. Train or shared mobility

The organization can promote land travel options with lower environmental impact than flying, with the goal of having participants travel by train or share a bus. In this sense, attendees can be informed about these possibilities, raising awareness about the issue of carbon emissions induced by travel.

Discounts or rewards of some kind can even be offered to those who make the most significant efforts to attend while reducing their carbon footprint.

3. Reduction in resource usage

Reducing resource usage is key for sustainable events. This is a cross-cutting planning effort that affects all levels of the event. From something as basic as paper consumption, facilitating, for example, that most processes and accreditations are digital. To energy use, if possible, maximizing the use of natural light.

Or even holding the event outdoors to avoid the need for artificial lighting. Additionally, providing the event with renewable energy sources and making efficient use of electricity, in general, are other critical aspects.

4. Remote attendance

Another option is to allow online participation in the event. Online events have a much lower, almost negligible, environmental impact compared to physical ones. Making the event hybrid, with both in-person and online components, is a great option for sustainability. This has become a growing reality due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Award with Sustain Awards' sustainable trophies

Award medals, trophies, or award plaques are common at events. That's why Sustain Awards is the perfect choice to ensure that your event is sustainable with our selection of eco-designed awards made from recycled materials. Our trophies reduce environmental impact by 80% compared to others.

Furthermore, they can be customized or even custom-made. The perfect partner to responsibly convey your company's or organization's values.