Sustainability Competencies For Event Managers

The following are the competencies that all event professionals should strive to hold to be enable them to implement best practice in sustainable event production...


Sustainable Development Principles

  • Understand the principles of sustainable development including inclusivity, transparency, stewardship and integrity.
  • Apply the principles of sustainable development to event planning and delivery.

Environmental Sustainability

  • Understand environmental sustainability concepts within the context of event production including: Resource utilization; Resource conservation; Materials choice; Releases to Land Air or Water; Emissions Reduction

Economic Sustainability

  • Understand economic sustainability within the context of event production including: Local Economy; Direct Economic Impacts; Indirect Economic Impacts; Legacy; Innovation

Social Sustainability

  • Understand social sustainability concepts within the context of event production including: Fair trade and profit sharing; Equity; Role of Labour Standards; Health and Safety; Social Justice; Local Community; Cultural; Heritage and Religious Sensitivity



  • Understand and identify waste issues.
  • Waste impacts of procurement choices
  • Waste prevention techniques.
  • Waste segregation techniques.
  • Event attendee engagement in waste initiatives
  • At event waste initiatives
  • Waste processing technologies.
  • Waste auditing techniques
  • Waste measurement and reporting
  • Climate impact of waste


  • Understand and identify energy issues
  • Energy conservation techniques and initiatives
  • Renewable energy supply
  • Energy supply innovation
  • Energy measurement and reporting
  • GHG emissions factors of energy


  • Understand and identify transport issues
  • Reduce production transport impacts
  • Reduce attendee travel impacts
  • Sustainable transport options
  • Encourage sustainable transport uptake by attendees
  • Transport measurement and reporting


  • Understand and identify water issues
  • Water conservation techniques
  • Water measurement and reporting

Biodiversity and Nature Preservation

  • Impacts that may occur onsite due to event activities.
  • Indirect impacts which may occur away from the event site due to event activities.
  • Issues that may occur during manufacture, use and disposal of product and materials.

Community and Society

  • Impacts which may positively or negatively effect local communities
  • Practices to ensure an inclusive event
  • Issues regarding first nation, traditional owners, religious, cultural or heritage concerns.



Management System

  • Create procedures, processes and documentation for the implementation of a management system for event sustainability.
  • Undertake an internal audit of management system


  • Create an Event Sustainability Management Policy


  • Identify stakeholders/interested parties.
  • Establish the needs and expectations of stakeholders/interested parties.

Communication & Engagement

  • Develop techniques to engage stakeholders in event sustainability
  • Create effective ways to communicate event sustainability objectives, messages and actions
  • Use communications and demonstration to convey sustainability concepts


  • Establish processes to identify event sustainability issues
  • Establish criteria evaluate significance and relevance of sustainability issues.
  • Establish criteria to prioritise issues management

Legal and Regulatory Requirements

  • Identify relevant legal or other regulations, in the geographic area the that the event is undertaken in.
  • Ensure procedures and processes are in place to adhere to relevant legal or regulatory requirements.
  • Awareness of and considerations for implementing best practice in the event industry internationally where legal or other regulatory requirements are not in place locally.

Destination, Venue, Accommodation

  • Assess destination’s sustainability credentials and potential for supporting sustainable event production
  • Assess venue sustainability credentials
  • Assess accommodation sustainability credentials
  • Create event-specific sustainability initiatives at venue and accommodation


Sourcing and Supply Chain Management

  • Establish criteria to evaluate significance and relevance of sustainable sourcing issues.
  • Create information for supplier tender or other documentation about sustainability requirements.
  • Make sustainable sourcing assessments
  • Create Sustainable Sourcing Policy


Measurement and Reporting

  • Setting performance objectives and targets
  • Setting performance indicators
  • Monitoring, measurement, analysis and reporting of performance

Legacy and Innovation

  • Understand role of legacy in event planning, policy and outcomes.
  • Role of events to encourage innovation in supply chain and production solutions, and the economic legacy of such.

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