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From Arup’s Neil Kirkpatrick explaining the concept behind the sustainable events standard and Seventeen Events’ reports on trialling it to Eventia’s Izania Downie expressing her concerns over the practicalities of achieving accreditation, here’s your chance to digest EVENTS:review’s coverage of BS 8901 over the last year.

Then, if you have any questions, simply email comments@eventsreview.com and we’ll pass them on to BSI, publishing the answers to the best queries.

ON VIDEO
July 2007

GREEN AS STANDARD: Arup's Neil Kirkpatrick on the thinking behind BS 8901


The British Standard for sustainable events, BS 8901, is due for rollout in the autumn. In an exclusive interview with EVENTS:review, Neil Kirkpatrick of global design and consulting firm Arup, which worked closely with the British Standard Institute on its formulation, reveals the thinking behind the standard, how it will be tested and how it should benefit the events industry. Ian Whiteling asks the questions…


August 2007

GREEN LEARNING: Education on sustainable event management


Fiona Pelham, managing director of events company Organise This, helped Manchester International Festival trial BS 8901. Here she talks to Ian Whiteling about this and her company’s green events initiative Positive Impact.


October 2007

STANDARD BEARING: Why BS8901 may need revising


Eventia’s executive director Izania Downie on why she thinks there are problems with the sustainable events standard BS8901 and what the industry must do to put it right.


IN WRITING
May 2007
ANALYSIS BS8901: What will the new sustainable events standard achieve?
The British Standards Institute's proposal for a Sustainable Events Management system – BS8901 – is currently open to public comment until the 30 June. EVENTS:review has been canvassing a range of people's opinions on whether or not it will succeed.

May 2007
FEEDBACK Does BS8901 have what it takes to succeed?
Jack Morton joint MD, Julian Pullan, believes that although someone needs to championing sustainability in events, the new standard may just be too complicated.

June 2007
OPINION Izania Downie: BS8901 - get involved before it's too late
In its current form BS8901 – Standard for sustainability in events, is unworkable and impractical. If you care what the future looks like for the events industry then you should consider it your duty to get round the table and help form a standard that stands a chance of working, says Izania Downie

June 2007
FEEDBACK BS8901 does have what it takes to succeed? The EIA responds
The EIA's Tom Treverton replies to Julian Pullan's comments on BS8901.

June 2007
Eventia disappointed with BS8901 draft
Following on from the reservations expressed over the BS8901 – Sustainable Events Management System standard by Eventia's executive director Izania Downie on EVENTS:review yesterday, the events industry association has written to British Standards asking for a reduction in the amount of red tape inherent in its draft guidelines on the standard.

September 2007
BS8901 ON TRIAL: Practice makes perfect
Seventeen Events are keen to see sustainability as a key feature on the events map, and the company was equally keen to get involved with the trials for the new sustainability standard BS8901. In the first of a two-part feature, Seventeen Events director Andrew Williams outlines how the company went about making its recent event for the Guardian at the Innocent Village Fete more sustainable.

September 2007
BS8901 ON TRIAL: Investing for the future
Seventeen Events are keen to see sustainability as a key feature on the events map, and the company was equally keen to get involved with the trials for the new sustainability standard BS8901. In the second part of a two-part feature, Seventeen Events director Andrew Williams puts us straight on some of the perceptions of the standard and how it is increasingly being seen as an investment for the future.

September 2007
CSR hitting the lifeblood of our industry
BS8901, the proposed new standard for sustainability in events, was top of the agenda at the latest meeting of ExCeL London's Circle of Excellence last month, amidst concerns of the effect it will have on the margins of small businesses working within the events industry.

November 2007
BS 8901 WEEK The sustainable events standard launches
After months of consultation and trialling, yesterday marked the launch of the first sector-specific sustainable standard in the UK – and it was for the events industry, historically one of the most wasteful.


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