Certified Carbon Neutral Events
The Certified Carbon Neutral option is aimed at those events or activities that wish to demonstrate their commitment towards reducing and managing their social and environmental impacts and at offsetting their impacts as part of a legacy initiative for the event.
This option requires effective and demonstrable reductions in energy, water and emissions and management of waste, waste recovery and recycling practices and the development and management of effective and lasting offset initiatives to mitigate their carbon footprint.
As part of this category, the organisers would be required to apply for certification at the planning or implementation phase of the event, and to providing accurate data on all resource consumption and waste levels throughout the event. As part of their commitment, the organisers would either allocate a budget for offset initiatives, or include a delegate/participant/visitor fee to ensure that the carbon impacts associated with the event are mitigated after the event.
The Heritage Eco-Event team will monitor the planning, development and implementation phases of the event to ensure that the organisers have identified and recognised their environmental impacts throughout this phase. During the event, Heritage will be on-site to evaluate the effectiveness of the systems and procedures that have been applied.
At the end of the event, a close-out meeting is held with the organisers to provide feedback on their performance and on ways to improve performance for future events. At this stage, the carbon footprint of the event is calculated and the organisers are required to buy their offsets in terms of their original commitments.