Online tool can help companies gain sustainability certification

A new online tool can help event organisers achieve a prestigious accreditation in sustainability, Meetpie reports.

The Event Resource Management Plan (RMP) provides a framework for waste reduction activities in both pre-and-post-event activities. It suggests various methods of re-using and recycling materials.

Creators of the RMP suggest that owners of event venues and conference centres seeking the Sustainability Event Management certification, BS 8901, from the British Standards Institution (BSI) should use the tool as a measure of their progress.

The help provided by the RMP will be welcomed by event organisers, as according to the BSI; BS 8901 certification can “differentiate you from your competitors, meet customer demands for sustainable events and attract environmentally and socially conscious attendees.”

LOCOG, Live Nation, Manchester United FC, Manchester City Council and Coca Cola GB have already trialled the RMP online tool.

The RMP was launched by the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

David Stubbs, head of sustainability at LOCOG, explained why using the tool is in the best interests of the London Olympics in 2012: “Factoring in aspects of sustainability such as waste management is a real challenge for event organisers, particularly where there is a large supply chain involved,” he said.

“Using tools such as the one developed by WRAP will help the UK achieve its ambition of hosting the most sustainable Games possible and we are thrilled to be involved in the development process of this practical tool.”

Mr Stubbs went on to say that the Olympics organising team will be rolling out the RMP framework to the Games supply chain next year.