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Put sustainability "back on the agenda", says Thomson

Gallus Events' William Thomson is calling for the events industry to rediscover sustainability in 2016
21/01/2016

Pictured: William Thomson

Gallus Events' William Thomson is calling for the events industry to rediscover sustainability in 2016.

Event consultant Thomson, also the founder of event technology conference Tech Fest, said that while sustainability had been an industry buzzword before the 2008 economic crash, it had been off the radar for too long.

Writing in a blog on Gallus Events’ website, Thomson said: “My hope is that this year 2016 we start to see sustainability back on the agenda for most event professionals.

“Last year at Tech Fest we ran a session on how planners can use event technology to help them go green. No one had requested the topic when we did our market research, but I was keen to cover it as I believe running a sustainable event is one of the big benefits to using event technology. 

“Much to my surprise the session was really busy and even more of a surprise was watching the attendees decide not to head to the refreshment break but continue the discussion.”

He added that event planners are in a strong position to bring about change within the industry.

“Planners are in a very fortunate and, I would argue, powerful position when it comes to sustainability,” he said. “Every event planner makes decisions that impact hundreds and sometimes thousands of people. And this is real sustainability power.

“As an example, if on a personal level we decide to stop drinking bottled water we may across a year reduce total consumption by a couple of hundred bottles. Now this is ace, however if we as a planner decide to replace bottled water at all of our events, we reduce consumption by thousands of bottles. We have power. Let’s use it for good.”

  • Kirk Thomas of EventHuddle 21/01/2016

    Shameless self plug here, but we will be discussing this topic at the March EventHuddle. The title is "Who should be accountable for event food wastage? And how do we reduce it" ..you can register free of charge at www.eh7.eventbrite.co.uk


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