Greening up Events in Brighton

Pride event in BrightonUnder a new set of policies agreed by Brighton and Hove City Council in January, organisers of events with over 5,000 people will be asked to include an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

The EIA will show how events will: conserve energy and water; encourage public transport, walking and cycling (including keeping bike lanes and other sustainable transport corridors open); look after open spaces and re-instate grassed areas; reduce and if possible eliminate single use plastic and waste; and recycle and re-use resources. Paper lanterns and balloons have also been banned.

The council was the first to get the British Standard in Sustainable Event Management, which supports everyone in the event supply chain from organisers and venues through to performers and suppliers of food and drink.

Alan Robins, chairman of the Brighton and Hove City Council’s tourism, equalities, communities and culture committee, said: “Most organisers want to make a positive contribution to reducing emissions and environmental concerns are high on their agenda – for example Brighton & Hove Pride, The Great Escape and Brighton Marathon made great efforts last year. The new environmental assessments are set to make an even bigger impact and complement the work already going on.”

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