EVENTIT, Scotland’s trade show for the MICE industry, has announced the efforts it has gone to in order to meet its sustainability goals.
Taking place on 13 September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the event will welcome more than 65 event suppliers including ICC Belfast, Butlin’s Conference & Events, Eventsforce, Vii, Geronimo Sailing and Visit Inverness Loch Ness.
A key theme of this year’s event is sustainability, which has resulted in various partnerships to help the show become more sustainable.
The host venue, EICC, has recently partnered with RSPB Scotland, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, to support peatland restoration in Scotland.
The partnership, which is part of the EICC’s commitment to mitigate operation impact associated with holding large scale events, will see £1 for every conference delegate, and 50p for every dinner guest attendee, donated to RSPB Scotland.
EICC will also provide EVENTIT with an ‘Impact Report’ detailing its CO2 emissions, to see if there has been an improvement on 2021 and to help the team plan for future improvements.
In addition, Event Cycle, a company which takes unwanted event waste and give it a second life, will work with the show to reduce waste.
All exhibitors have been asked to use reusable and/or recyclable materials, to use QR codes as an alternative to printed leaflets and not to provide delegate giveaways as another way to reduce waste.
EVENTIT has also pledged to use water dispensers as an alternative to plastic bottles, encouraging delegates to bring their own reusable bottles.
Judith Wilson, events director at EVENTIT, said: “The best way for the events industry to move forward in the right way is for it to become a much more sustainable industry. Events can often create a lot of unnecessary waste, and we want to help the industry understand specific ways to target this and to become more sustainable.
“What better time to show how events can become more sustainable than at a showcase attended by people from all over the UK and beyond, who can put these sustainability methods into practice.”