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Green Events guide

This overview of green events introduces top tips and best practices to help organisations run events of all kinds in as environmentally sustainable a way as possible.


Implementing sustainable practices can reduce your costs, improve your brand reputation, increase attendee engagement, and help everyone in the fight against the climate crisis. Events are also great opportunities to bring people together to inspire change and innovation.

Green events guide

Published December 2019

Events can be particularly carbon and waste intensive, but can also be great places for collaboration and innovation, with significant opportunities for positive environmental impacts. With over 25,000 UK businesses in the events industry, over half a million employed in the sector, and with events directly contributing £39.1 billion to the UK economy, and a global value of $840 billion, there is huge scope for substantial improvements to be made.

This 17-page guide is designed to help organisations to run their events in as environmentally sustainable a way as possible.

Guide contents:

  • Introduction
  • Powering your venue
  • Waste
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Working with suppliers
  • Carbon neutral events
  • Biodiversity
  • Your next steps
  • Checklist
  • Go online for further information

Publication date Dec 2019; Publication code CTV081.

Information in this report was correct at the time of publication.

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Further Information

The Carbon Trust has the following specific sector overview publications which may be more relevant to certain sub-sectors:

Energy efficiency support

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund offers energy efficiency support for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.

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