26 Dec 2016

Meetings go Green!

MPI Belgium and Bruxelles Environment produce a new guide for Green Meetings

A new guide has been issued to provide tools, best practices and courses of action to event managers for organizing eco-friendly low-waste activities, highlighting several existing innovative solutions.

This guide has been developed as part of the Meetings go Green project, led by the MPI Belgium Chapter and funded by the Brussels Institute for Environmental Management (Bruxelles Environnement) within the Brussels Waste Network (BWN) programme. The BWN assists and advises Brussels-based companies in the field of waste prevention and management.

The programme ensures networking between environmental advisors from different sectors of activity to enable the exchange of best practices in business waste prevention and/or management.

The Meetings Go Green project aimed to increase awareness among event managers (e.g. hotels, businesses, caterers, conference centres, etc.) through four workshops that took place in 2016 and were coordinated by the environmental consultancy ‘21solutions’ and the event agency ‘Yuzu’.

This guide is the result of many discussions, presentations and exchanges of ideas between the participants. Several aspects considered essential for greening events have been addressed:

1) sustainable procurement

2) reduction of food waste

3) waste sorting

4) recycling, eco-design -a concept detailed in the guide 

5) material reuse

A total of about sixty participants benefited from many example-rich interventions by sector professionals and actors active in the event industry (companies & associations). This guide is designed for all planners and suppliers who organize or work on events throughout Belgium, including Brussels.

We hope that this tool will help you to develop practical and innovative initiatives, allowing you to save money in the medium-term, increase the added value of your events, and become a pioneer in sustainable event management in Brussels or elsewhere in Belgium.  

Download the full report here!

Happy reading! Written by teams in charge of the project coordination: 21 Solutions and Yuzu.

A quote from Bruxelles Environment: ‘By using resources more efficiently, reducing waste, ensuring that one’s waste becomes another’s feedstock, and by extending the life of products locally, it is possible to reduce the impact of trade and production on the environment, while developing the well-being of Citizens .

The circular economy is not limited to the recovery or recycling of materials; it also involves consideration of the product design; from the beginning, we need to know how long the product will last and how the embodied resources will be reintroduced into the economic cycle at the end of the product’s life’.

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