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12 November 2007, the Brewery, London 

About the event

On 12 November 2007 BSI British Standards introduced BS 8901:2007 Specification for a sustainable event management system with guidance for use - the new British Standard on Sustainable Event Management.  The event was held at the Brewery, London and was well attended by the events industry.  Several case studies were presented and David Stubbs from The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) delivered an engaging Keynote address.  Highlights of each of the sessions will be available to download along with a short overview of the event. 

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Watch video highlightsfrom the BS 8901 launch event


Chair

David Jackman
Committee Chair, BS 8901
Chairman, The Ethics Foundation

Keynote speaker

David Stubbs
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG)

Presenters

Dr Jennifer Cleary, Manchester International Festival
Malcolm Hickin, Reeds Carpets
Dr Neil Kirkpatrick, Arup
Mike Low, BSI British Standards
Fiona Pelham, Organize This
Emma Wellman, EC&O Venues

EVENT PROGRAMME     

CHAIR’S OPENING REMARKS
David Jackman
Committee Chair, BS 8901;
Chairman, The Ethics Foundation


KEYNOTE

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE FUTURE OF THE EVENTS INDUSTRY IN THE UK

  • Sustainability issues and their implications for the future of the events industry
    - The events industry has the opportunity to lead the way for other sectors to commit to sustainability
  • Importance of BS 8901

David Stubbs
Head of Environment & Sustainable Development
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG)


INTRODUCTION TO BS 8901:2007

  • Why and how BS 8901 was created
  • About the trials
  • Who is BS 8901 intended for?
  • What it contains
  • When and how BS 8901 should be used
  • What you need to consider
    - How much does it cost/how long does it take?
  • Thinking beyond carbon offsetting to genuine sustainability
  • Understanding the management system process and approach

Mike Low
Director
BSI British Standards


CASE STUDIES

Case Study: Manchester International Festival
A MULTI-SITE FESTIVAL PERSPECTIVE ON BS 8901

  • Using BS 8901 for a multi venue event
    - Indoor vs. outdoor/temporary vs. permanent venue requirements
  • External assessment and certification
  • Winning and communicating BS 8901 commitment
    - External commitment: how we worked with customers, surrounding businesses, suppliers, sponsors and local authorities
    - Encouraging participant involvement
    - Communicating benefits to clients
  • Internal buy-in:
    - What convinced our senior management?
    - How we motivated staff involvement and allegiance

Fiona Pelham, Managing Director, Organise This
Dr Jennifer Cleary, Head of Creative Learning, Manchester International Festival

Case Study: Arup 
MEASURING SUSTAINABILITY FOR MAJOR ONE-OFF EVENTS

  • How we defined 'sustainability' in the context of event management
  • Development of BS 8901 - Arup's role and stakeholder engagement
  • Trialling BS 8901
    - Methodology
    - The Live Earth experience
    - Arup's experience in implementing the Standard, including the Concert for Diana
    - How we measure, audit, document and report on BS 8901
  • Does a sustainable event management standard impede creativity?

Dr Neil Kirkpatrick
Associate Director, Sustainable Business Management
Arup

Case Study: EC&O Venues
USING BS 8901 FROM A VENUE’S PERSPECTIVE

  • Using BS 8901 at event venues
  • Integrating BS 8901 into your existing event policies and procedures
  • How we identified key areas for improvement
  • How we measure against our deliverables
  • Working with approved and one-off suppliers
  • How to use information to set benchmarks and benefit clients

Emma Wellman
Sustainability Adviser
EC&O Venues

Case Study: Reeds Carpets
THE SUPPLIER’S VIEW OF BS 8901

  • Identifying the requirement for a sustainable solution to landfill within the event and exhibition industry
  • Evaluation of existing technologies
  • Research and development
  • Implementation of solution – supplying sustainable options
  • Developing customer awareness  and meeting client demand
  • Embracing the new British Standard in working practice - scaling requirements to our organization
  • Measuring return on investment – short, medium and long term

Malcolm Hickin
Non-Executive Director
Reeds Carpets

CHAIR’S CLOSING REMARKS

RECEPTION WITH DRINKS AND CANAPÉS

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