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April 16, 2008

Eventia launches carbon management scheme

This morning (2 July), delegates at the first day of the Eventia summer conference were presented with details of One Future, a new carbon reporting, reduction and offset management programme to help the events industry association’s members “work towards a more sustainable, lower carbon-emitting events industry”.

The scheme will provide a framework to support Eventia members and their clients in reducing and offsetting their carbon emissions. Clients of Eventia members will gain access to lower carbon event management and will be offered the opportunity to make a voluntary 1% contribution of their total spend on any event to a UK-based carbon offset programme.

Partnering Eventia in the initiative is The Carbon Consultancy, a company providing specialist carbon management services and delivering UK carbon offset products that include forestry and support for education. The company will be supporting Eventia members and their clients through corporate and staff programmes, education and training support.

“We are delighted to be working with Eventia to develop this comprehensive carbon management programme, which will deliver a lower carbon events industry and will set a high voluntary standard for the service sector,” said Hugo Kimber, chief executive of The Carbon Consultancy.

The original idea for the Eventia One Future initiative was announced in July 2006 by the Association’s then Chairman, Nigel Cooper. The concept received immediate support from 11 leading events agencies. In the intervening months, while research has been undertaken to create the means to structure and administrate the scheme, those early-adopters have already begun auditing, reducing and offsetting their own corporate carbon emissions.

Aileen Reuter, Maritz director of marketing and an Eventia board member, has been working with The Carbon Consultancy to create a toolkit that will enable the events industry association’s members to work with their clients in establishing carbon-responsible programmes.

“This initiative has been designed to position carbon reduction and mitigation at the heart of event management,” said Reuter. “Many client companies are already taking sustainability seriously and the Eventia One Future programme will ensure that their event planning supports their wider CSR [corporate social responsibility] policies.”

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