Event sustainability management Standard in development

Work on 'Event sustainability management system' ISO 20121 has reached the next stage in its development to become an international Standard in sustainability for the event industry. International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) project committee ISO/PC 250 'Sustainability in event management' will produce the Standard.

The decision to advance to the third of five steps of the ISO Standard development process was made during the project committee's second meeting in April 2010. The meeting included experts from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, France, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States of America in attendance, with representatives from Canada and Germany joining via weblink. Experts were also present from Meeting Professionals International, the Green Meetings Industry Council, and the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

New Zealand is actively involved in the development of ISO 20121. A New Zealand international review group has been established to provide New Zealand's input in this area. The review group includes representatives from Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, SPARC, Victoria University, Auckland Regional Council, New Zealand Association of Events Professionals, the Sustainable Events Alliance, and the Visits and Ceremonial Office of the Department of Internal Affairs.

When completed ISO 20121 will apply to any organisation working within the event industry. ISO 20121 is expected to be finalised in 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics.

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