Making Events More Sustainable: A Guide to BS 8901

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Making events more sustainable. A guide to BS 8901

Status : Current   Published : November 2010



Making Events More Sustainable: A Guide to BS 8901

Phil Cumming and Fiona Pelham

download sample pagesThis book is the guide to implementing a management system to ensure you host sustainable events.

It could be said that staging an event is inherently un-sustainable. However, with the right framework in place you can control and influence your resource use and make changes to your business practices to reduce your negative impacts and capitalise on positive ones.

Making Events More Sustainable provides clear and practical insight into BS 8901, Specification for a sustainability management system for events, the internationally renowned framework that helps the event industry to implement more sustainable ways of working.

This guide explains all of the requirements of BS 8901 (Specification for a sustainability management system for events) and gives advice on complying with the standard, illustrating best practice approaches through extensive case studies, examples and templates. For those at the beginning of their BS 8901 journey there are tips on where to start, while for those with a management system already in place, there are suggestions for the next steps.

Whether you are working in event management or supplying to the events industry, you can enhance your understanding of BS 8901 and improve your performance against its requirements with this user-friendly guide.

Who is this guide to sustainable events for?

  • Event management organizations
  • Event organisers within larger organizations
  • Suppliers to the event industry
  • Sport venues
  • Local government
  • Schools/Colleges/Universities.

What's in the book? Contents of the guide to sustainable events include:

  • The story of BS 8901
  • First steps and getting started
  • Obtain commitment from top management
  • Establish an implementation team
  • Initial review
  • Develop a draft Sustainability Policy
  • Develop an implementation plan
  • Small steps
  • Translating BS 8901
  • Sustainability management system scope
  • Statement of purpose and values
  • Sustainability policy
  • Planning
  • Performance against principles of sustainable development
  • Implementation
  • Checking and corrective action
  • Management review
  • Claiming compliance
  • Self-declaration
  • Second party inspection
  • Third party certification
  • Beyond BS 8901
  • Public sustainability reporting
  • Independent external assurance
  • Legacy potential
  • Conclusion
  • Further resources
  • Advice and knowledge
  • Other standards, guides and tools
  • Proprietary online tools
  • Other schemes
  • Sustainability issues in event management
  • Sustainable development maturity matrix
  • Evaluating sustainable development
  • Development or ‘maturity’ matrix
  • Method of evaluation
  • Bibliography

About the authors

Fiona Pelham is the Managing Director of Sustainable Events Ltd, a company which provides expertise on the implementation, measurement and monitoring of sustainability within the event industry.

In 2004 Fiona launched Organise This, a Manchester-based event management company. Organise This was the first event management company to be 3rd party certified compliant to BS 8901 in September 2008.

The Organise This team and client base continues to grow and all events are delivered in a way which is BS 8901 compliant and where sustainability is a key focus. In 2005 Fiona was part of a group which set up the not-for-profit education project Positive Impact which now delivers education on sustainability to the event industry across the world through in-house, online and open education workshops.

As the growth of sustainability within the event industry continued Fiona and her team launched Sustainable Events Ltd to provide unique support for the implementation of sustainability within the event industry The Sustainable Events Ltd team have worked on the implementation and measurement of sustainability within large-scale international events and strategies including Google EMEA Conference, England 2018 World Cup bid and Global Reporting Initiative for the Event Organizers Sector Supplement.

Phil Cumming is the Corporate Sustainability Manager for the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the privately funded body responsible for preparing and staging the 2012 Games. He is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the sustainability management system for the Games and programme managing all sustainability-specific and cross-functional sustainability work streams. His programme responsibilities have also included managing the development and planning for two major Games operational areas: Cleaning & Waste Management and Catering & Food Services.

Prior to joining LOCOG in June 2006, Phil spent nearly 10 years working in the environmental consultancy sector. A Chartered Environmentalist, a Chartered Waste Manager and an IEMA Registered Environmental Auditor, as a consultant he provided the complete delivery of a range of environmental projects, including management systems, across a diverse number of industrial sectors for major private and public sector organizations, at home and overseas.

Read more and buy the standard for sustainable events

BS 8901:2009 Specification for a sustainability management system for events

Standard NumberBIP 2176
TitleMaking events more sustainable. A guide to BS 8901
Publication Date05 November 2010
DescriptorsEnvironmental management, Sustainability
ISBN978 0 580 67513 3
File Size6.052 MB

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