Carbon footprinting for events: what’s at stake?

It's a fact! the events business is a polluting activity,
so what to do?

What to do, as the Paris 2024 Olympics are fast approaching and the organizers want to “halve” CO2 emissions compared to the previous summer Olympics.

Event organizers cannot remain blind to these ambitions for their own sake!

ADEME shows that an average event attended by 1,000 people consumes :

– 100 kg of paper, equivalent to 2 trees, 30,000 liters of water.
– 200 kWh of energy, equivalent to 3 years of lighting with an energy-saving bulb (15 w).
– 500 kg of waste, equivalent to what a French person produces in a year.

When we talk about the events industry, we often think of trade fairs, trade shows, congresses or exhibitions, whether for the general public, professionals or company employees, but these formats have very different impacts in terms of pollution.

Four major challenges:

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)

Events generate huge quantities of GHGs, mainly through the travel of participants (cars, planes), the use of electricity for lighting, air conditioning and so on. These emissions contribute to global warming and exacerbate environmental problems.

79% of carbon impact is due to transport and logistics.

The carbon impact of a large festival on the outskirts of a town, welcoming almost 280,000 visitors over four days (like the Festival des Vieilles Charrues in Carhaix), amounts to over 15,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

49.7% of emissions are linked to the transportation of festival-goers,
29.5% for transport of works, artistic teams and logistics,
19.9% to food and beverages,
0.9% of impacts relate to merchandising, electricity and waste.
Source: The Shift Project. Decarbonizing Culture, 2021, p.56

Consumption of natural resources

Events require various materials such as paper for invitations, food and beverages, and audiovisual equipment, resulting in intensive use of natural resources.

Waste management

Events generate a considerable amount of waste, from food packaging to communication media. This waste is often poorly managed, ending up in landfills and contributing to pollution.

Impact on biodiversity

Certain events can disrupt local ecosystems, whether by occupying natural spaces for temporary infrastructures or by disturbing local flora and fauna.

Identify the main sources of your emissions

Discover the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions from your events. Our carbon simulator analyzes your answers to highlight the areas where you can make the biggest difference in reducing their carbon footprints.

Thanks to our advanced simulator, each emission detected is converted into a targeted strategy, guiding you towards the most impactful interventions for a considerably reduced carbon footprint.

Choosing a venue

Choosing your catering

Draw up precise specifications.
Choose an ESAT.
Interact with the restaurateur or caterer at every stage of the design process.
Choose local, seasonal products.

Mastering communication

Tailor your promotion to your needs.
Reduce the distribution of printed documents.
Choose digital display media.

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