Green Think

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AT THE HEART OF EVENTS

GL events environmental policy is built around its Think Green programme launched in 2009. This translates into sixteen commitments addressing the entire life cycle of an event, from design to waste manage- ment.

ECO-DESIGNING VENUES AND EVENTS

Integrating environmental issues already in the design stage reduces the impact of an event or a temporary event space in terms of waste and energy consumption. In this way, GL events has been pursuing an eco-design approach for venues and events since 2007, that addresses the con- cerns of major contractors: organisers of large events, local authorities, corporate key accounts, etc.

Over the past few years we have been devel- oping eco-design tools in-house. This has been supplemented by a training module

Integrating CSR into our offerings developed for all staff of Live! by GL events, the agency frequently solicited for public and corporate key accounts regarding environmen- tal and social requirements. This ad hoc module provides concrete guidelines for selecting products having the least impact within our range of services and offering eco-inno- vative solutions.

PROVIDING PROJECT SUPPORT TO SALES ENGINEERS AND OPERATIONAL STAFF Tools have been implemented to encourage Group staff to integrate environmental issues in offerings devel- oped for customers (guides, custom-designed training programmes, Group intranet including tools). These are supplemented by an offering from the sustainable development team for sales engineers and project man- agers for every phase to address their customers needs: responding to calls for tenders, executing operational action plans, project assessment reports, environmental reporting

In 2016, requirements of our customers in the area of sus- tainable development had increased by nearly 15% for all projects to which we contribute.

In 2016, the sustainable development department provided support to teams for major projects:

COP 22 (the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties) Marrakesh / GL events, heading a consortium, finalised in early November the largest temporary installation ever produced. Approximately 120,000m² of structures integrat- ing a priority of environmental vigilance: a GHG emissions assessment over the three event production phases (assembly, operation, disassembly), and an offsetting pro- ject for our services, waste separation, donation of furniture to not-for-profits, schools and orphanages, installation of solar panels and photovoltaic lighting A range of meas- ures concretely contributing to reducing the environmental footprint of this event.

2016 Rio Olympic Games: After London, sustainable devel- opment continued to be integrated into event management for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Waste separation, energy and fuel management, sourcing certified-origin wood, management of chemical products, a health-safety approach: GL events launched actions and tracking indica- tors in these different areas.

INTEGRATING THE ENVIRONMENT INTO NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES Introducing changes in the offering also involves manag- ing inventories and products purchased specifically for events. Work carried out since 2009 with the purchasing departments has made it possible to integrate sustaina- ble development criteria in the main consultations carried out by the Group for selecting suppliers. These measures make it possible to continually source new products to expand the range of alternative services promoted by the marketing department through a catalogue of eco-re- sponsible solutions .

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