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Events are considered an essential asset in society, but does society consider the negative impacts that this activity brings? The objective is not to end with events, at all, but to reduce the issues that they bring, such as contemporary environmental issues (EI). The different impacts caused by human beings and industries are well known in the triple bottle line: social, economic and environmental. Considering the environmental impacts and relating them with the event industry, there are numerous examples of issues that can be highlighted here: the carbon emission due to national and international travel to events location, the waste production, the energy and water consumption, air pollution due to the fireworks, noise pollution, environmental degradation due to outdoor events, and much more other issues.
Analysing this problem, there are several stakeholders who contribute to EI but they are also working to reduce them, these are event organizers, supply chain, attendees and participants, including also the local government. Currently, several strategies have been implemented as a way of minimizing the issue, based on different measures implemented by different international standards such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the international ISO 20121, and among others. The government has also defined action measures up to 2025 with the aim of, for example, reducing negative impacts on the environment, measures that can be implemented by any industry, in this case, the event industry. For example, the measures cover actions like innovative ways to reduce water and energy consumption, promote recycling in order to reduce the amount of waste, which I consider a very vague solution. What are the innovative ways? Is there an innovative idea that has not yet been implemented or discussed?
I think it would be strategic if the measures were mandatory by law or if an event was evaluated beforehand by the locality, in order to understand the future consequences!