The Sustainable Event certification

Developed to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future

We want to reach out to all the event organizers and organizations who with their events, fairs or conferences want to be involved and make a difference!

We ensure that all those who choose the Sustainable Event certification receive inspiration, knowledge and targeted support to identify and implement the changes required to act more sustainably and speed up the transition.
The events that meet the requirements of the industry may be called one Certified Sustainable Event.

Greentime's standard for sustainable events

To be approved as a certified Sustainable Event according to Greentime's standard, an event needs to meet a number of mandatory requirements found in Greentime's planning tool. The requirements constitute Greentime's standard and it is clearly documented in the tool what is required to achieve the mandatory requirements. The mandatory requirements are verifiable and the answers must be reviewed by an independent auditor for an event to be entitled to display the Certified Sustainable Event logo.

The content of the standard is based on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030, but is based on collective experience based on what is relevant and feasible for actors in the industry. A reference group consisting of various actors within the Swedish sustainability and events industry has been involved in the development of the criteria. The criteria have been sent for referral to additional players in the hospitality industry for anchoring. The basic structure of the questions has been developed by Greentime after many years of work in the industry with, among other things, event companies, event organizers and meeting places. The reference group annually reviews the criteria for the standard to be up-to-date, where the participants must reflect a breadth of expertise within various aspects of sustainability.

Members of the reference group 2022

  • Joakim Brodahl, Operation Manager, Håll Sverige Rent
  • Jens Nexberg, Safety coordinator Halmstad municipality
  • Sofie Broomé, Tourism in Skåne
  • Anna Pesula, Head of Sustainablility, PS Occasion
  • Jan Peter Bergkvist, Sleepwell
  • Maud Wirén, CEO, By Maud Wirén

The standard concerns the following aspects

  • Lead & plan
  • Collaborate
  • Sound economy
  • Working environment
  • Communicate
  • Equality
  • Availability
  • Diversity
  • Safety & security
  • Transparency
  • Health
  • Local imprint
  • Transport
  • Food & drinks
  • Goods & services
  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Accommodation
  • Chemicals

Auditors

Greentime requires auditors to have competence in sustainability and experience in the events industry.

The auditors we hire have extensive experience of working professionally with sustainability issues but also extensive experience of the event industry. Thus, the auditors are well acquainted with the challenges you face. The requirements for becoming an auditor are at least one year of studies in the area of sustainability and experience of several different types of events in the industry.

To become an approved auditor and hold the rights to issue Greentime's certification, the auditor must have undergone auditing training at Greentime. Thereafter, the aspirant must practically participate in an audit with an already approved auditor before they are approved.

Read more about our auditors here.

References

Karl Philip Barakate

Region Skåne, Regional Development

“We worked in the planning tool Sustainable Event to reach the certification and it was very inspiring and educational and became an extensive checklist where we several times needed to think about and re-plan the work to meet the criteria. The tool helped us to continuously develop the planning with a focus on all dimensions of sustainability where the auditor's role was very valuable as a sounding board. It feels important and fun to have achieved this and we are proud that we have been awarded the certification "Sustainable event"

Lisa Nauclér, Event Coordinator

Lerum Municipality

“Thank you for a flexible tool that makes it easy to do the right thing! So many good reflections and ideas that came up during the journey. It is not easy but we are one step closer to becoming more sustainable as a festival. Looking forward to next year and new challenges in sustainability certification. Thank you also for good pepper and coaching ”

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