Copenhagen CVB, has developed a next-generation green guide, the Copenhagen Sustainability Guide, offering a holistic and hands-on approach to staging sustainable business events in the city. The guide is an extension of the destination’s overall ‘Tourism for Good Strategy 2030’, and it urges planners, associations, organisations, companies, and others to pursue future events with a lasting sustainable and positive impact on society.
For years, Copenhagen has been known for its focus on reducing event footprints or single-use plastic, minimizing food waste, introducing alternative plant-based food options, etc. Next came attention to delegates’ footprints from travel, accommodation, consumption outside the event space itself, and more.
However, whereas these areas continue to be highly relevant in the planning process, going beyond and forming new types of business events that boost sustainable development is what is needed now and in future, according to Copenhagen CVB.
The new guide is produced by Copenhagen CVB along with partners and consultants and is, amongst others, based on interviews with organisers about their work, needs, and wishes. It holds conversations with stakeholders shedding light on how events can help set ambitions and sustainable solutions in local and global communities.
The guide is based on six key pillars and offers insights into how to pioneer and/or contribute to the development of new generations of sustainable events, and comprises tips, tricks, and tools to assist and inspire. Case examples help set the bar for strategic sustainable planning processes in different kinds of business events.
Copenhagen Sustainability Guide targets both experienced event planners and newcomers and wishes to encourage everyone in the value chain to continue their sustainability efforts or to get started on the sustainability agenda – clients, partners, suppliers, companies, and organisations alike.
Kit Lykketoft, Director of Copenhagen CVB, explains: “New generations of events and congresses need a much more holistic approach to sustainable solutions. One that engages and inspires participants, exhibitors, and suppliers alike and drives lasting sustainable impact in communities – before, during and after an event.”
“In Copenhagen, we work with sustainable solutions and legacy work on many levels. Throughout the years, we have gained huge expertise within this field, and new ideas and perspectives on next-gen sustainable events are therefore always high on our agenda. Our Copenhagen Legacy Lab, launched in 2019, and this hands-on sustainability guide are only two examples out of many on how we continue to build and share thoughts and tips on future regenerative, resilient, and responsible event planning with the outside world, to create a lasting positive impact.”