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Canapii wins two back-to-back awards at SBR and Event Tech Live



World leading event management platform, Canapii, has been awarded with two back-to-back awards: The Software award in the start-up category by the Singapore Business Review and the Best Event Tech Start-Up award at Event Tech Live 2021.

“Canapii is over the moon to have been awarded two gold medals in the start-up sector”, says Gemma Edwards, Co-Founder at Canapii.

After clinching Canapii’ s first award, the Technology Excellence in Software Award by SBR, Gemma Edwards shares the story behind the company’s journey, as well as insights on some of its success stories with its prestigious clients like HP.

Since its inception in 2020, Canapii has been empowering all event organizers to create meaningful experiences in the virtual and hybrid space. Today, the event management software has enabled hundreds of events of all sizes to be streamlined across the globe, reaching audiences directly in their homes. With celebrity appearances and renown leaders joining in onto the platform, Canapii has extended its reach as it aims to connect people together and provide engaging opportunities for all users on the platform.

Following their success at the SBR awards, Canapii was honored to win yet another prestigious award at the Event Tech Live. Eleanor Martin, Co-Founder at Canapii, shares her excitement:

“What a huge accomplishment for the Canapii team, we are beyond excited to have received these awards which truly highlight our legitimacy in the field. We can’t wait to see what’s next and keep on pursuing our mission of creating the most advanced experiences in virtual and hybrid events. Thank you all for your support and the trust you have in Canapii!”

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GL events (Seating)



GL events UK provides complete temporary event infrastructure solutions for the biggest and best events, taking place throughout the UK and around the world.

We offer totally bespoke solutions for event infrastructure and delivery, including large-scale sporting events, theatre and concerts, conferences, shows and festivals, graduations, exhibitions, corporate events, hospitality, parties, celebrations and product launches.

Our temporary event seating is amongst the best in the business – designed to Olympic standards, and exceeding compliance with Green Guide (Sports Ground Safety Authority) specification – all of which guarantees you grandstand structures which have safety and quality built in, and which offer your guests the best in sight lines, comfort and spectator experience.

Whether you require a temporary grandstand of tiered seating for a sporting event, graduation, or theatrical performance, we can provide a range of configuration options, including our brand new Peregrine curved roof, offering practical protection from the elements alongside stylish aesthetics.  The flexibility of our seating solutions means that we can also install seating inside a permanent building, either for TV and production work, conferences, performances or sporting events where requirements are more bespoke.  Our understanding of seating grandstand design and construction, and our inhouse teams of structural engineers and designers, mean that we can integrate spectator seating around and above swimming pools for example – allowing you to capture the best angles, either for spectators or for camera platforms, and commentary boxes.

GL events UK is part of the global GL events Group which, last year, achieved revenue of more than 1BN euros. Our long-standing relationships include partnerships with Hay Festival, Jockey Club Racecourses, The R&A, Lancashire County Cricket Club, the Royal International Air Tattoo, LTA and Royal Ascot. We also work regularly with the UK’s leading braodcasters and TV production companies providing audience seating on a number of shows.

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Event Industry Associations announces new Diversity and Inclusion hub



Event industry associations, the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), the Association of Event Venues (AEV), and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), have announced the launch of their new Diversity and Inclusion hub. 

The hub contains a variety of resources signposting articles, podcasts, case studies, blogs and other materials, which aim to recognise, value and promote diversity, tackling inequality as we evolve to a consciously inclusive, welcoming and progressive industry.

Michael Adeniya, portfolio director of Phacilitate and cross-association D&I working group chair says: “The D&I working group has seen tremendous engagement from members who want to see better representation and inclusion in the events industry. We’re delighted to make the resource hub available, not just for our members but for the entire events industry to have access to educational resources in a range of protected characteristics. We will continue to add to this resource and welcome any suggestions on enhancements.”

An EIA spokesperson says: “Our industry is so dynamic and its audiences so diverse. As the industry goes through some of the biggest changes in its history, we have a real opportunity to effect positive and exciting change that will see our industry thrive. With a journey that’s very much at the start, there is much to be done around the education piece – the hub will play a crucial role in that. We invite members to continue to share ideas with us on the sorts of resources they’d like to see.”

To view the D&I hub for each association, click on the following links: 

AEO: https://www.aeo.org.uk/diversity-and-inclusion-hub

AEV: https://www.aev.org.uk/diversity-and-inclusion-hub

ESSA: https://www.essa.uk.com/resources/diversity-and-inclusion-hub

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Event Tech Live wows US & Canada



The first Event Tech Live (ETL) US & Canada wrapped on Thursday 10th June, content keeping to the high mark set on days one and two, Top Tech to Embrace to Achieve Effective Gamification and Back to the Future, Perhaps among the sessions and Canapii winning gold in the coveted Start-Up Competition.

With the virtual events industry expected to grow from $78bn to $774bn by 2030, according to Grand View Research, and $5bn company Hopin adding LinkedIn to its roster of investors – representatives from both businesses were at ETL US & Canada – the stage was set perfectly for the show’s v1.0.

The business done across the three days, the contacts made and the weight of quality content met with truly universal acclaim, ETL’s own technology catering seamlessly for all – not least the number of panels made up of people split by thousands of miles and several time zones, across the States through Europe and beyond.

In terms of the stats, attendees made 4,044 connections resulting in 2,375 meetings, 9,116 messages exchanged and 9,372 leads for the show’s 59 exhibitors. 

Adam Parry, co-founder of Event Tech Live, comments: “We had to pivot against the clock to deliver ETL UK & Europe in November 2020, a steep learning curve, and the US & CA counterpart definitely benefited from the learnings.

“We have a great team behind the show: CloudPresent, Expo FP, First Sight Media, Glisser, Grip, Lineup Ninja, Tag Digital and big thanks too to headline sponsor Hubilo.

“Sessions were well attended and there were questions from quite literally everywhere, Los Angeles and Montreal to Geneva and Kuala Lumpur. My congratulations, again, to Canapii, Twigged and VII Events for taking the Start-Up Competition gold, silver and bronze awards respectively.  As for ETL US & Canada v2.0? Bring it on!”

In terms of the ‘local’ market, ETL US & Canada was no ‘chips to Silicon Valley’ in the ‘coals to Newcastle’ sense. It was about a team of British/European experts fostering a community among like minds who hadn’t had the opportunity to share and benefit from these stories/this ingenuity via such a comprehensive, inclusive, practiced platform before.

“Event Tech Live was a blast! It felt like a warm, entertaining and really interesting get together of the industry and the content presented was incredibly spot on. Plus, I was very happy to see such an incredible line-up of sponsors! Event tech was well represented,” Kathryn Frankson, director of event marketing at Informa Connect, who was one of the speakers, said.

“We are thrilled to have been a headline sponsor and with the results from our collaboration,” Cathy Song Novelli, SVP – marketing + communications – for Hubilo, said.

Podium finishers

There were European participants among the three Start-Up Competition finalists and, topically, virtual event tech was the common denominator for Canapii’s Gold-rated event platform, Twigged’s Silver ranked ‘global events wallet’ and VII Events’ Bronze winning SaaS virtual and hybrid platform.

Asked what separated the companies in the close fought battle for Gold, Abi Cannons from Reed Exhibitions and Michael Chaffe, CEO at Wolves Summit, two of the judges, highlighted Canapii’s language functionality, “a really interesting element”, Cannons said. 

As team Event Tech Live switches its attention to hybrid ETL London, at the Old Truman Brewery in November, the US & Canada show is clearly marked on the map and will be back to blaze an even bigger trail across the Pond in 2022.

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AEO chief executive recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List



The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) is pleased to announce its chief executive officer, Chris Skeith, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 for services to the events industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO of the AEO since 2014, Skeith has made it his mission to promote the UK events industry and help drive member interests. This year, as the AEO celebrates its 100-year anniversary, and the UK continues to feel the effects of the pandemic, the work of the association has never been so critical to the future success of the sector, and therefore, this honour of a leading voice in the industry is especially meaningful.

The AEO, as part of the Events Industry Alliance (EIA), a cross-association coalition, which also includes the AEV (Association of Event Venues) and ESSA (Event Supplier and Services Association), has been tirelessly advocating on behalf of the 114,000 people, involved in the organising, supplying, and hosting of UK events, as well as the 180,000 exhibitors who rely on exhibitions each year for the success of their businesses. Coming together as one voice on behalf of the industry, Skeith and his counterparts, Rachel Parker, AEV, Andrew Harrison, ESSA, have fought for trade and consumer business events to “be seen, be heard, and be understood” throughout the pandemic.

The events industry faced – and is still facing – ever changing, and often compounding, concerns. Chris remained a resolute advocator for the industry through each challenge that arose, with notable activities like: getting official guidance to separate organised events from mass gatherings, quantifying the detrimental economic impact of the postponement of events on trade in the UK, aggressively advocating on behalf of the significant amount of job loss in the sector, delivering health and safety guidelines for robust re-opening protocols, and ensuring the financial support for the sector included businesses of all scope and size.  

Simon Parker, Chair of the AEO, said, “On behalf of the AEO, and the wider events industry, I would like to thank Chris for all of his work during the pandemic, and to congratulate him on this tremendous honour. These campaigns were made possible with a large amount of dedication and support from many people, however in particular, we have Chris’s consistency, responsiveness, and positivity to thank for ensuring that through each new tier programme, reopening date, furlough scheme, and health and safety discussion, the events industry was part of the constructive dialogues with the appropriate officials. We are incredibly fortunate to have had Chris’s steadfast leadership during this critical period.”

Skeith said, “I am overwhelmed by this recognition. I honestly could never have imagined something like this when I started in the events industry 20+ years ago. I am incredibly grateful and honoured, and I truly believe this tribute is a reflection of the work of our entire industry during the pandemic. Every organiser, venue, and supplier, in the business events community, as well as our partners within the government, came together when we needed to protect and assist our industry. We realised straight away the only way to be productive during this time, when so much was at stake, was to do what the events industry is great at – to build connections between people. Through everything we did, and will continue to do, we remember and focussed on the individuals involved, their lives and livelihoods, and the fact that together, we were all going through the same uncertain situation. This helped us to build strong bridges and to be solution-driven.”

The events industry is still a long way from recovered, and certainly, our world will look very different to the last large exhibitions held before the pandemic. Therefore, the work of the AEO continues, now with a stronger foundation than pre-pandemic. In the short term, the focus will be on pushing for the reopening of events – without capacity limits, finding ways to support the rebuilding of workforces – reskilling, or upskilling, talent for this next evolution of events, and to rebuild confidence in event teams – to be able to host events, and exhibitors and visitors, to attend in person events. Longer term, the AEO, along with its partners, will build on this enhanced relationship with the government to help drive key economic development priorities for the UK, deliver policy ambitions, and help the industry become data rich to demonstrate the economic impact, and potential, of business events.

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Magic set to continue for Day Three at Event Tech Live US & Canada



Event Tech Live US & Canada’s second/middle day took all the positives from Tuesday and built them bigger still, setting the target for today.

Day two content kicked off with Unwrapit co-founder Peter Deitz moderating a panel discussing ‘Your Event Community, the Gift that keeps on Giving’, the 4,000 or so miles between Matthew Harris, CEO at Konduko – live and direct from Switzerland – Deitz and Rachel Stephan, founder of Snöball, just disappeared, highlighting the potential of events in 2021.

It meant a few seconds delay – something Deitz quickly got to grips with – but the value there is for everyone and it fostered a ‘Hello from Kuala Lumpur’ in the chat room.

The team behind Event Tech Live have worked and worked to get the machine right, from tech to the talkers, the flow and delivery at ETL US & Canada is a product of that commitment.

Of course, this show more than any other is all about how nothing stands still, but the partnerships built and refined year on year at Event Tech Live UK & Europe and now across the Atlantic provide a proper, flexible response.  

The conversation in Session 1 centred on the relationship between content, engagement and community, through the pandemic priority shake-up and finding the best platform to serve the new order. How the want for physical connectivity in the short-term, when that flag finally drops, won’t represent the modern balance necessarily but it’s a predictable next pivot.

The which channel/what content question was a part of The Future of Event Marketing with Kathryn Frankson later in the day too, a session that saw Frankson taking questions, situations and winsome banter from tech evangelist Dahlia El Gazzar.

Frankson stressed the value in using a mix of channels. “Social media is working incredibility well and email is not dead.” Amid the massive changes across the last 15 months the second half of that statement struck a reassuring chord.  

Among the key takeaways here, knowing your people and personalising your marketing is critically important. Track analytics across all the channels you use, whatever your mix, and you will need more content than ever so get the right people to make that happen.

Early evening’s Vision of Virtual Events in 2031 was edge of the seat engaging, Neil Mortimer, client success manager at session sponsor Grip hosting James Kelley of MCI USA, entrepreneur Mayank Mohta, co-founder of the Cloud Data Summit, and Joseph McKeown from Strategic Events and Partnerships.

With questions coming thick and fast from the audience, the panel accepted they were discussing future event-goers, currently “in middle school and high school”, how the gaming industry is, still, blazing a potential trail for events – and how following that pattern needs big bucks.

The conversation flowed quickly across data, design, AI and far beyond. it’s harder than ever to predict the future, particularly after the year plus everyone has been through. The shift to virtual was sharp, it had to be, but over the next 10 years – depending on how long the pandemic/its impact lasts – events could evolve to suit audience requirements away from the stark ‘Virtual’ ‘Hybrid’ ‘In-Person’ labels to straight ahead ‘Event’.  

How do we measure success? How do we adapt to the new metrics? It’s about personalisation and delivering audience journeys better.

“The need for storytelling remains the key focus for all of us in events.”

Another session that’s well worth ‘dialling up’ through the Event Tech Live US & Canada platform if you couldn’t get there yesterday.

Event Tech Live US & Canada concludes today Thursday 10th June. Among another full dairy of content, look out for Start-up Competition pitch and winners announced, how to boost engagement and monetization through gamification, How to boost engagement and monetization through gamification and Event Technology and its role in Green Events.

Full agenda and latest news is at: https://eventtechlive.com

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Leading hybrid events platform, VenuIQ, announces free event to discuss changing industry landscape



Award-winning events software provider, VenuIQ, has announced its upcoming virtual event, ‘To Hybrid and Beyond’, which will discuss developments and challenges from the past year and highlight how the event industry’s post-pandemic landscape could take shape.

Free for delegates to attend, To Hybrid and Beyond will take place on 18th June from 10am to 1pm. The event will shed light on the new increased uptake in hybrid events and why this will be a continual trend within the industry, which has accelerated five years because of the pandemic.

Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Leanne Josephs, head of events for the NHS Confederation
  • Adam Parry, editor of Event Industry News
  • Jesse Peterkin, head of events for Founders Forum
  • Richard Belcher, managing director of First Sight Media
  • Matt Coin, founder of Twigged IO
  • John D’Adamo and Frantzy Dorlean, VenuIQ’s US and Europe representatives

For those who cannot attend the event on the day, all content will be available to rewatch online post-event.

Oliver Rowe, co-founder of VenuIQ, said: “Throughout the pandemic, the event industry has had to very quickly adapt and change to continue providing businesses with a platform and audiences with content.

“Our event is designed for industry leaders to reflect on a difficult period, the lessons learned and how the industry has changed. The event will explore the roles both virtual and hybrid will play with the return of full capacity live events throughout the remainder of 2021 and beyond.”

Headquartered in the West Midlands, VenuIQ has hosted a variety of conferences, forums, and business events across the globe, including Founders Forums’ events in the US, Germany, and Italy. The platform has recently expanded into Europe and the US, with representatives based in Paris and Florida.

The business employs a team of highly skilled tech professionals, who support organisations with event management, bespoke platform design and feature requests.

For more information and to register your interest for the event, please visit:
https://live.venu-iq.com/register/to-hybrid-and-beyond/delegate-registration

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Farnborough International to acquire major trade event ITT Hub from Binswood Media



Farnborough International is spreading its wings into the automotive sector, with plans to acquire Innovation and Technology in Transport – ITT Hub from Binswood Media.

ITT Hub is set to be one of the first major business events to take place in the UK and the largest of its kind in the road transport sector for almost 40 years when it launches on 30th June – 1st July at the world-class Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The brainchild of Mark Griffin, CEO of Binswood Media, ITT Hub brings together the road transport supply chain – manufacturers, operators, technology suppliers and policy makers – to explore the shift towards decarbonisation, in line with the Government’s Road to Net Zero plan.

Ownership of the event will be transferred to Farnborough International the day after this year’s show, with Mark Griffin remaining part of the team as the expert head.  Mark will continue to lead the next five-year development strategy of ITT Hub, contributing his knowledge and 40 years of experience in the commercial and passenger transport vehicle sector.  Leon Daniels OBE, current Chair of Binswood Media, will continue in a consultancy role supporting the ITT Hub growth plan, as Chair of the event’s Advisory Board.

As pioneers in innovation across the aerospace, defence and conferences and events industries, the acquisition of ITT Hub forms part of a continued growth strategy that will see Farnborough International become a year-round event organiser.  As owners of the biennial Farnborough International Airshow – one of the world’s biggest and most complex business events – Farnborough International has unrivalled expertise in developing and hosting successful and innovative events.

Speaking about the acquisition of ITT Hub, Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International, says: “Three years ago, Mark and his team seized upon a strategically important opportunity to launch a brand new event with ITT Hub and we were delighted to be the host venue.  It marked the start of a partnership that has extended into this very exciting acquisition, with Binswood Media and ourselves recognising the long-term value that making ITT Hub part of Farnborough International’s growing portfolio of events will bring.

“For Farnborough International, a step into automotive is a logical move, not least as ITT Hub is a technology-focused transport event, bringing companies from throughout the supply chain together with innovators and infrastructure providers, in order to find sustainable solutions that enable growth through collaboration.  This exciting deal means that we can use our combined resources, and through a traditional earnout structure we have agreed on a very ambitious five-year plan to accelerate the growth of the show, using our talented resources alongside Mark’s passion and drive to make ITT Hub the leading event and news channel in the sector.”

Mark Griffin, CEO of Binswood Media, says: “ITT Hub is proving to be a pivotal event and news channel for the road transport industry – an industry tasked with a major challenge requiring a collective solution as it moves towards Net-Zero.  No other event in the UK brings freight, passenger, logistics, and technology together with policymakers, innovators, and infrastructure specialists in one place at one time.  Our launch event this month will be the largest gathering of vehicle manufacturers since the mid-80s, with 23 global and leading brands all coming together.

“The Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is the ideal venue for ITT Hub and the Farnborough International team is made up of world-class event organisation expertise.  Their support over the past year during launch has been invaluable, working with our team to strengthen this event during a pandemic.  This is a huge opportunity to give the sector an event which is much needed if we are to achieve the Government’s decarbonisation plans.  We have a brilliant venue, a talented team, some hugely supportive partners, and a solid platform to make ITT Hub the number one event of its kind in the UK faster than we could have done on our own…..how exciting is that?”

ITT Hub 2021 features indoor and outdoor exhibition space, Ride & Drive routes and the high-profile Future Logistics Conference, in association with Logistics UK.  Events and attractions for visitors also include a Government Hub, Regional Transport Hub, EV Café, Skills Hub, Expert Insights Electric Mobility Theatre, Electric Bikes & Last Mile demonstration area.

ITT Hub 2022 will take place on 11th & 12th May 2022.

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ARRI X Creative Technology open a mixed reality studio available for hire to productions in the UK



  • New state-of-the-art LED volume stage created in collaboration with Creative Technology
  • Among the largest permanent facilities of its type in Europe
  • Bookings being taken for films, TV, commercials, and events
  • Independent space, but equipment package deals available from adjoining ARRI Rental facility
  • Part of a global ARRI commitment to mixed reality workflows and solutions

ARRI announces the opening of its new state-of-the-art mixed reality studio in the UK. Equipped with an LED volume comprising 343 square meters of LED wall, installed in partnership with NEP Live Events production and technical specialist firm Creative Technology, the studio is one of the biggest permanent mixed reality production spaces in Europe.

Located at ARRI’s UK premises in Uxbridge, with camera, grip, and lighting packages available on site from ARRI Rental, the 708 square-meter (7,621 square-foot) studio is being offered for hire to short and long-form productions of any kind, as well as for events, education, and R&D.

The volume consists of a main, ‘in vision’ curve that is 30 m wide by 5 m high (98.4 ft x 16.4 ft); two moveable and tiltable side screens, each 3 m wide by 4.2 m high (9.8 ft x 13.8 ft); and a height-adjustable ceiling of 9.6 m by 9.6 m (31.5 ft x 31.5 ft). A back curve measuring 18 m wide by 4.2 m high (59.1 ft x 13.8 ft) completes the fully encapsulated yet adaptable space, and can be programmed to display 360-degree imagery that even when not in frame, casts dynamic, fully integrated lighting effects onto the performers and the scene being shot. The ‘in vision’ curve is constructed from ROE Visual Ruby 2.3 panels, while the side screens, ceiling, and back curve use ROE Visual Carbon CB5 panels.

Much like the modular facilities, technical support can be tailored to the requirements of each production, with the full weight of expertise from ARRI, Creative Technology, and their respective partners available in the form of pre-production advice and creative production services. For productions new to mixed reality, technical support can extend to a full script-to-screen service.

Studio design and systems integration came from the ARRI Solutions Group, which can facilitate complete turnkey installations globally. Other cutting-edge technology companies have contributed to the construction and workflows of the stage and continue to provide ongoing support. Creative Technology designed and installed video walls, playback systems, and a number of powerful control solutions; Mo-Sys supplied a StarTracker camera tracking system and VP Pro XR; Epic Games provided its flagship real-time 3D creation tool, Unreal Engine; and Nvidia’s RTX A6000 GPUs power the image processing.

Jannie van Wyk, Managing Director of ARRI Rental, comments: “Collaborating with best-for-purpose suppliers of all the varied required technologies has enabled ARRI to deliver a full solution for mixed reality in our Uxbridge studio. These industry-leading hardware and software tools could not be better complemented than with ARRI cameras, lenses, stabilizers, lights, and workflow support, which can be provided to productions as a package deal on site. Unsurpassed in image quality and all-round technical solutions, ARRI products are ideally suited to mixed reality shooting. ARRI’s engineers will continue to learn and innovate to improve their integration into the virtual environment.”

Markus Zeiler, ARRI Executive Board member, adds: “ARRI has made a global commitment to be at the forefront of the exciting possibilities opened up by mixed reality shooting. In addition to this commercially available studio in the UK, we have also built LED volume stages at our facilities in Burbank, California and Munich, Germany, providing space for our technicians and clients to conduct R&D, testing, and demonstrations. As one of the most trusted brands in the industry, ARRI, with its partners, is here to help filmmakers embrace mixed reality and use it creatively, just as we were with the advents of digital camera technologies and LED lighting.”

Tom Burford, Head of Technical Services at Creative Technology, explains: “We at Creative Technology are thrilled to showcase this exciting new solution, bringing together a combination of best-in-class engineers and technology. Leveraging CT’s unparalleled experience of display technology, signal processing, and media playback with ARRI’s world-class camera and lighting technology, we have designed and built this volume specifically for mixed reality productions. The shape, rigging solutions, choice of hardware, and signal distribution have all been very carefully considered to produce the most flexible shooting environment possible.”

Burford continues: “The capabilities provided by these new technologies, when in the hands of visual artists, allow for the production of outstanding results that are very difficult to achieve in other ways. Shooting in the stage is a truly emotive, immersive experience. The sense of being fully surrounded within a virtual environment really does need to be felt first-hand.”

For enquiries please contact Creative Technology UK.

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BSI selected by UK Government to certify G7 Summit and COP26 events against sustainability standard



BSI, the business improvement and standards company, has been selected by the UK Government to assess the G7 Summit and COP26 events against the international sustainability standard, ISO 20121. This best practice standard was inspired by BS 8901, which was published in time for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic events.

The G7 Summit and COP26 will bring together world leaders to address important issues which shape the world we live in. Both events will be assessed against the ISO 20121 Sustainable Events Management standard which sets out best practice management system requirements for the sustainability of an event, in its preparation, execution and legacy.

Working alongside the event organizers, BSI will independently assess the activities, products and services material to the planning of both events including the sustainability measures across their supply chains, the venue facilities, the post-event challenges, such as waste management, and the event’s sustainable transport objectives.

COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, said:

“The world faces some intense challenges and our best hope of addressing them is if we collaborate and share solutions globally. Climate change is among the most urgent of those challenges, and so it is vital that we bring world leaders together in a sustainable way. I am delighted that BSI will be working with us to ensure that the G7 and COP26 are delivered in a way that respects the planet we are working hard to protect.”

Martin Townsend, Global Head of Sustainability at BSI, said:

“As Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the events industry opens up a growing societal pressure to demonstrate good practice is being placed on organizations. It is becoming increasingly important to minimize environmental, social and economic impacts and the industry must use this next normal as an opportunity to build back better and make the events they host sustainable, ethical and responsible.

“It is fantastic to see ISO 20121 being implemented against two high-profile, global events. We hope that this demonstrates the UK’s position as a driving force in sustainable events and highlights the importance of incorporating strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of these activities.”

Pietro Foschi, Group Director Assurance Services at BSI, said:

“BSI is committed to making a positive impact by supporting our clients towards the long-term resilience of their organization as well as by achieving the targets we set for BSI Group, subscribing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are delighted to be working with the UK Government on these two world-stage events which adopt world renowned best practices contributing to advance sustainability for society.”

BS ISO 20121:2012, the Event Sustainability Management System, was based on the British Standard BS 8901 which was published in 2009 and adopted for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. To claim compliance with this  standard an organization must define and implement its sustainability policy, monitor and evaluate the event against key performance indicators and eventually review the event, both in its preparation, in its execution and in its legacy, feeding conclusions back into the policy to positively affect future events. To learn more, please visit: https://www.bsigroup.com/iso-20121-sustainable-events-management/