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Green Tips for Indoor Events

When considering green initiatives for an indoor event, event organisers can often think they are limited by the event space.  But as with all steps into sustainability it is about making incremental changes and improvements, event by event.

  • Choosing a venue

The Green Tourism Award  website is a great starting point for finding a ‘green’ focused venue. The award
system extends to event spaces and conference facilities.
For your hotel listings,  you can recommend delegates stay in Green Tourism awarded venues.

Check that a venue is located within easy reach by public transport.

  • Influencing Transport choices

CO2 Impacts

A full direct coach has a lower CO2 impact than a train so organising coaches for delegates is a good option.carbon footprints











Make public transport and walking easy

By including all public transport options makes it easy for your guests to choose these over grabbing a taxi. Organise walking taxis, highlight local bike hire options, bus stops and routes from train stations .

  • Menus

    Set minimum standards for the venue or event caterers. such as Fairtade, local and sustainably sourced. Request reusable serveware and ask how they manage their food waste. (read more on our 5 tips to reduce the carbon impact of meat)

  • Low energy options


LED lighting uses significantly less energy than traditional lighting options. For temporary event lighting LED par cans use a 1/3rd less energy than traditional par cans; last for 50,000 hours instead of 1,000; can change colour and require less infrastructure (dimmers, mixing desks etc), so all in all they cost less.

Bike & People Power   

For something a bit quirky and power-free, look for bike powered generators these are readily used for indoor cinemas as well as for live music events. A good example is Reaction Bike Power . There are even dance floors that generate energy such as the Sustainable Danceclub. 

  • Hire in & be creative

Rather than building bespoke stands with limited use, can you be creative with hired in equipment? Focal Point Marketing & Events Focal Point Marketing & Events explained how original spaces can be developed using standard exhibition infrastructure mixed with low-impact materials and creativity.

  • Look for a lifecycle analysis

There are lots of products that claim to be ‘eco’, ‘bio’ and sustainable, but often this can be ‘green wash’ so ask suppliers or do a bit of research to find a lifecycle analysis. These are particularly useful in comparing single-use items. Here are some examples: Reusable vs Disposable Cups and The Lifecycle of KeepCups.


  • Measure your impact

Whether you are making changes or not, measuring your event impacts will give you a bass line for future events. This will give you an understanding of where you can make changes. Things to measure include: audience travel, contractor transportation, energy usage water usage for event.

These can be recorded to give an indication of the events carbon footprint using the Julie’s Bicycle Creative IG Tool

More Support

If you would like to know more about managing the environmental impact of your event, developing a procurement policy then look at our consultancy packages or drop us an email and we can develop a bespoke support package.


Do You Know Where Your Event Waste Goes?

Were you aware that the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 require all business to apply the waste hierarchy when discarding items of waste:

  1. Prevention
  2. Reuse
  3. Recycle
  4. Recover
  5. Dispose

To improve recycling rates and limit the amount of waste going to landfill, the regulations were also updated in January to include a legislative focus on source segregation, so that ‘waste collectors must collect waste paper, metal, plastic and glass separately’.

But do you know that your waste management company is upholding this, and recycling your event waste? and what happens with your segregated waste once it leaves site? 

There is a simple way to check, and that is to request the waste transfer notes, which identify where the waste has been take. By law, a waste collection company must supply these.

So how can you know if the place that your waste has been deposited was the best local option?

It makes sense to check in advance where your waste can be taken to in the local area

So here is an overview of some of the methods of waste processing:

Ideal Processing Plants for recycling

MRF- Materials Recovery Facility = these do vary greatly in their capacity so worth checking what they will recycle and the costs per tonne.

Composting (Look for PAS100) – Food waste and often cardboard and wood serveware – check in advance to see what can be processed.

Anaerobic Digester (Look for PAS110)  – Can take food waste and toilet waste

Processing plants for recovery

  • R1 (high efficiency) incinerator – Burning materials means more raw materials have to be sourced
  • Anaerobic Digester (NOT PAS110) – Can take food waste and toilet waste
  • Composting (NOT PAS100) – Food waste and often cardboard and wood serveware – check in advance to see what can be processed.
  • MBT- Mechanical-biological treatment

Processing plants for Disposal

  • Incinerator – no energy is extracted during this process
    Landfill – compostable/biodegradable items should not be placed in landfill because they create methane which has a 20-25 times greater impact on climate change than CO2

 What can you do before your event?

Investigate the local options and understand what waste streams they can take and how they will receive them- cardboard food boxes and wooden forks with food waste, mixed plastics etc.

Work with your waste contractor to ensure you know your waste will be managed how you expect to fit with your environmental policy and targets.

Want to know more?

This information comes from a forthcoming guide commissioned by the Bristol Festival Forum and written by Ed Cook from Resource Futures. The guide will be launched in September and will include a document to send to waste contractors to gather the relevant data including waste transfer notes. It will mean you can complete a carbon report or the Julie’s Bicycle IG tools, which we highly recommend as a way of understanding the carbon footprint of your event.