Tomorrow my territory 19 Organizing or supporting eco-responsible events

Eco-responsible events

November 2019

Agence pour l’Environnement et la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME)

The 20 factsheets in the collection « demain MON TERRITOIRE » have been designed to give candidates and elected officials practical keys to take action, to open up the field of possibilities based on the experiences of other elected officials, from small towns to conurbations, large urban areas or sparsely populated areas. In the four corners of France, both in metropolitan France and in the French Overseas Territories, many of them are taking action, together with the players in their territories, to prepare for the future by taking action to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects. With its knowledge and presence throughout the country, ADEME supports them with its tools, activities and financial aid.

Why make events more environmentally friendly?

Any event (fair, fairground, exhibition, conference…) is by nature ephemeral and generates negative impacts on the environment, punctual but acute: paper consumption, transport, energy, waste production… Any event can be revisited in order to reduce its environmental impacts and avoid certain disastrous images (overflowing garbage cans, unsorted waste…), in complete opposition to the daily actions of the territory. On the other hand, acting upstream by eco-designing an event enables the company to strengthen its own sustainable development approach and to meet the growing expectations of participants in terms of ecological best practices. At the territorial level, it is therefore an opportunity to concretely apply its environmental policies and to show the coherence between its ambitions and its actions in the events it organises or supports.

How do you do it?