5 Tips on Planning a Sustainable Event in Singapore
Planning a sustainable event and reducing the carbon footprint of one’s event are increasingly key concerns amongst event organisers. After all, implementing smart and sustainable practices can help to minimise cost, conserve energy and reduce waste. Beyond that, a green event enhances your brand’s reputation and commitment to sustainability.
As Asia’s greenest city, Singapore sets the standard amongst other cities with the Singapore Green Plan 2012. The country's 10-year master blueprint towards environmental sustainability covers air and climate change, water, waste management, nature, public health and international environmental relations. As such, it is not difficult to plan a sustainable event in Singapore. Roger Simons, Regional Sustainability Director (APAC) of MCI Group and Chair of Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) Leadership Council, shares five ways you can do just that.
1. Start the planning process early
Sustainable events are easy if you start planning early. Do bring your suppliers into the fold and share with them your focus to go green. Make the task at hand easier by using the Singapore Exhibition and Convention BureauTM’s rigorous guidelines which provides excellent advice across the entire planning journey, from the hotel and AV set-up to planner and transport actions. Created with the input and support of the local industry, these handy checklists can be easily shared with your key suppliers so you can relax and focus on other priorities. View the guidelines here.
2. Hold your event in a sustainable venue
Give yourself a head start by choosing a venue that understands your commitment and shares your passion to protect the environment and support the local community. Here are several green venues you can check out in Singapore: PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel boasts fabulous architecture integrating nature into the building. It even has its own water bottling plant. Marina Bay Sands® has its own ECO360 programme offering sustainable options and detailed measurements of the resources used for the meeting, while Grand Hyatt Singapore is committed to serving only sustainably sourced seafood. Don’t forget to research other leading chains locally with sustainability commitments such as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and AccorHotels.
3. Design intelligently and efficiently to reduce waste
Be disruptive. Use technology and sustainability as catalysts to design your event more intelligently whilst reducing your environmental impact. Use paperless technology such as mobile applications and digital signs. Evaluate how your products are made, what your products are made of and by whom, and how your products and materials used will be handled at the end of the event. Being efficient often saves you money that you can later invest in more costly items such as organic food and entertainment.
4. Travel sustainably
Singapore’s public transport system is among the best in the world. It is cheap, efficient and reliable, and handles a huge volume of commuters each day. With the city-state being so compact, you can get anywhere easily by public transport. Therefore, be brave and equip delegates with the knowledge and means to use this extensive network and they’ll be sure to get to the various event venues easily whilst rubbing shoulders with locals.
5. Leave a legacy for the community
Don’t forget to consider the footprint of the event on participants as well as the community. Leave a positive legacy by building in a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project into your programme, such as helping the needy, or consider giving space and time for your participants to get out into one of the lush nature reserves, tranquil beaches and other green spaces across the country, which is also known as a Garden City for good reason.
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