I am involved with both the GRI and ISO working groups. One of my hopes was through this process we could develop a set of core reporting metrics for the events industry and also a position/policy/protocol/best practice on carbon neutrality claims.
I realise now that neither the ISO or GRI process is the right forum for this. I would still like to address these twin issues head on.
I would like to get clarity and agreement within the industry on what the scope should be for reporting the metrics of impacts (particularly environmental).
If an event chooses to look at embedded energy in various elements of the supply chain, so be it, but we need to agree on a core set of measures. I will start a separate discussion topic around that I think.
My suggestions are we ring fence core event impacts, which are production based.
* Energy used to run the event (direct and mobile). Reported in kwH, litres of fuel and CO2.
* Cubic metres of water used and grey/black produced. CO2e for treatment.
* Tonnage/weight of waste - to landfill, to incineration (waste to energy), recycled, biodegradable (assuming it has been sent for composting or biogas - not incineration). CO2e on treatment for landfill. ( I don't like the carbon neutral claims around W2E, but I can't change international policy.)
* Transport - Production and artist transport is tricky to report on as
a) it is difficult to accurately gather the data, and
b) it is challenging to make measurable reductions as baselines are hard to guage.
I would like this one discussed further. My personal thought is that production transport for event operations is measured - shuttle buses for talent, onsite vehicles, golf buggies etc - but not deliveries, or transporting waste or water offsite.
Next level is audience impacts (generally travel based.) Reported as percentage by each mode of transport, with a topline report on public versus private vehicles for ground transport. CO2 reported.
The above production impacts and audience transport impacts would be core.
Then non-core and voluntary reporting could include:
Supply chain impacts (materials volume like paper or timber, embedded energy in production, accomodation carbon impacts, f&b broad brush embedded energy claims etc) would all be outside of core scope (I know I am using some language here which may be confusing with GHG reporting - sorry).
Legacy reported in economic terms (business, tourism dollar etc).
Kit and supplies miles.
Well that's my two bob's worth. I really look forward to hearing yours.