In keeping with the industry’s current focus on reducing the environmental impact of events and festivals, we’re taking our own responsibilities seriously. The 2018 show sees us undertaking a series of initiatives to reduce the Showman’s Show’s carbon footprint and promote sustainability to the wider event industry.
Vision:2025 will host an event the afternoon of Wednesday 17th October with the festivals involved sharing ideas and learning more about the new suppliers, organisations and communities that are helping the industry move towards more sustainable practices.
The event will highlight the power of collaboration and what can be achieved when festivals and suppliers work together: with updates on industry initiatives, latest research, presentations, panels, Q&As, roundtable sessions, and a chance to continue the conversation over an ethically-brewed beer at the networking drinks.
For the first time, the Green Supplier and Innovation 2018 award will be judged live at the Show, forming part of the Vision:2025 programme. Three shortlisted exhibitors will be invited to deliver a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style presentation to a panel of sustainability champions and experts. The award is as much about companies who are implementing best sustainability practice, as it is about individual products and services, so we’re encouraging all our exhibitors to enter.
Reducing single-use plastic is now a key consideration for event and festival organisers. The RAW Foundation has published a ‘Guide to Reusable Bar Cups at Events’ with the core message of the campaign ‘re-use not single use’. It is working across the event industry to inspire change toward a ‘pointless plastic free’ world and will present a new conference at the show on Thursday 18th October.
We’re encouraging all contractors, exhibitors and visitors to bring along their own re-usable water bottles and cups and is looking to remove one off plastic water bottles from its own catering outlets wherever possible.
We’ve also signed up to Energy Revolution as a supplier member, this means that we’ll be offsetting our CO2 emissions from travel with direct investment in clean renewable energy. We’re also encouraging visitors and exhibitors to make use of the GoCarShare scheme that we introduced back in 2017. Popular with festival and sporting event goers who find that the service, where drivers link up with passengers, with the latter paying a contribution to the trip, is a great way to be kind to the environment and take the hassle out of travelling.
Sustainability is important to us and we’re really keen to do our bit. We’re actively searching and embracing methods that reduce our own carbon footprint and encouraging our exhibitors and visitors to do the same. Hosting important initiatives like the Vision:2025 meeting and RAW Foundation Conference, providing a platform for the industry to discuss them is exactly what the Showman’s Show is for.