You can make your event more sustainable, no matter its type or size, with ISO 20121.

Events take a heavy toll on resources, society and the environment, often generating significant waste. In addition to promoting more responsible consumption, this International Standard has been developed to relieve the strain on local infrastructure and utilities, reducing the potential for conflict in communities where events are hosted. 

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    Management system standards
    Providing a model to follow when setting up and operating a management system, find out more about how MSS work and where they can be applied.

How does it work and who is it for?

ISO 20121 offers guidance and best practice to help you manage your event and control its social, economic and environmental impact. Every action counts, from relying on tap water instead of plastic bottles to encouraging use of public transport. You might find that it also helps you cut unnecessary costs.

ISO 20121’s flexible approach means that it can be used for all types of events, from music festivals to school outings.

The standard has been developed with input from many different stakeholders, including representatives from the event industry, to make it practical and useful. It addresses all stages of an events’ supply chain, and includes monitoring and measuring guidelines. 

If you are involved in the event industry in any way, this standard is for you.

Sustainable events with ISO 20121
A free brochure giving an overview of ISO 20121, a practical tool for managing sustainable events.
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ISO 20121:2012
Event sustainability management systems

Requirements with guidance for use