The Events Industry Council (EIC) has announced a new sustainable initiative, the Centre for Sustainable Events, during a press conference at IMEX America in Las Vegas.
The EIC is a collection of senior figures in the events industry, including partners at IMEX, Freeman, MGM and more. Its new Centre will be both a physical space and a digital platform, which will provide information and advice to event planners about how to make their events more sustainable.
EIC Chair Tina Wehmeir; EIC CEO Amy Calvert; IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer; Vice-President of Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International, Yalmaz Siddiqui, and Miguel Naranjo of the United Nations addressed the press conference.
Calvert said: “Climate change is omnipresent. Rather than being overwhelmed by the problem, we need to take each step one at a time. We will be offering research, demonstrating sustainable standards and practice.”
Bauer commented: “Our sustainable programme is built upon 16 years of learning. 93% of our waste is diverted from landfill here in Vegas, almost at the 100% we have achieved in Frankfurt.
“Events need to reflect shifting values in society and business. EIC can provide a platform for the industry to work together and achieve sustainability on a global scale.”