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ISO 20121 - Sustainable events

Events take a heavy toll on our resources, society and the environment. They can generate significant waste, put a strain on local resources like water or energy, or even ignite tensions in local communities. With ISO 20121 you can make your event sustainable, no matter its type or size.

How does it work?

ISO 20121 offers guidance and best practice to help you manage your event and control its social, economic and environmental impact. Every action counts, from relying on tap water instead of plastic bottles to encouraging use of public transport. You might find that it also helps you cut unnecessary costs.

ISO 20121’s flexible approach means that it can be used for all types of events, from music festivals to school outings.

The standard has been developed with input from many different stakeholders, including representatives from the event industry, to make it practical and useful. It addresses all stages of an events’ supply chain, and includes monitoring and measuring guidelines.

Who is it for ?

If you are involved in the event industry in any way, this standard is for you. ISO 20121 has been successfully used for all types of events, from music festivals to school outings.

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  • ISO 20121:2012
    Event sustainability management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use

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Sustainable events with ISO 20121
Sustainable events with ISO 20121

Sustainable events with ISO 20121

Overview of ISO 20121, a pratical tool for managing sustainable events.

Case studies

Event sustainability management - ISO 20121 passes 2012 Olympic Games test

by Garry Lambert

Rarely has a new ISO management standard been put to such immediate and successful use as ISO 20121:2012, Event sustainability management systems – Requirements with guidance for use. The 2012 Olympic Games in London was the first major test of the new standard.

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ISO 20121 wins at Eurovision

by Maria Lazarte

Nobody ever suggested that turning the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, which brought more than 100 000 visitors to the city of Malmö (Sweden), into a sustainable event would be simple.

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New ISO 20121 standard for sustainable events management

by Roger Frost

ISO has just published a new standard to support the organizers of events of all types – sporting, business, cultural, political – in integrating sustainability with their activities.

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