As one of the leading event management companies in UAE, Global Event Management Group prides itself in creating better events every day. Our leaders have been in the country for over thirty years and we have witnessed the events scene evolve during this time, whilst being active change leaders ourselves.
One particular change we have been actively advocating is Sustainable Events. Our vision aligns with that of the Government and the Rulers of the UAE when we say that we must constantly look to reduce our carbon footprint, minimise waste, recycle and become energy efficient.
It is important to stress on the meaning of Sustainable Event Management or Event Greening and why it is imperative for a country like UAE which produces more than 2kg of waste per person per day – the highest by any country in the Middle East.
Events like exhibitions, corporate events, festivals and concerts take their toll on the resources and the environment. Sustainable event management puts the focus on adopting an eco-friendly approach to events where our responsibility towards the environment and the society take precedence.
Sustainable Event Management – what’s included?
Sustainable events are about ‘reducing and reusing’ – creating a softer carbon footprint, conserving energy and recycling materials whenever possible. In events terms, this includes:
- Reduction of waste through proper planning and incorporation of standard waste management procedures
- Green purchasing and eco-procurement at every level; use of eco-friendly materials
- Reduction in the consumption of energy and use of renewable sources of energy
- Conservation of water
- Reduction in emissions
- Promotion of organic and recycled products
- Creation of awareness and support groups within local community
At GEM we have been making events greener and nature-friendly over the years and we have received great support from our clients and suppliers in this endeavour. Although we would like to make all aspects of our events sustainable, we do understand that this is a long-term and gradual process which requires active involvement of all key role players – clients, organisers, venues, contractors, suppliers and the local authorities.
In 2016, we intend to take sustainability to the next level and establish new standards for sustainable events in the UAE. Watch this space for more!
In the meantime, we have a number of solutions and ideas for organisations looking to make their next event sustainable and green. Whether you want a standalone green event or a complete solutions package to conform to ISO 21021 standards of event sustainability, we have the capacity to make it happen. Get in touch with us, let’s do our bit for the environment.