Emerging interest in the impacts of airline travel and even “flight shaming” have seen a distinct increase across the events industry and (at the corporate level as in the article below).
Though the events industry has been slow to tackle the problem of CO2 emissions from air travel, images of the Australian wildfires and calls for action from activists like Greta Thunberg have sparked interest in making meetings more green.
Ditching plastic plates and replacing meats with plant-based options are great first steps. But there are other, lesser-known actions meeting planners should also consider implementing at their events.
ReFED is a data-driven, solutions-oriented multi-stakeholder network. So, when they set out to produce a sustainable event, collecting, measuring and reporting on specific data points was crucial.
So are we in a state of emergency when it comes to sustainability in events? And what can the industry do to move towards a more sustainable future?