At a session titled 'Budgets vs. Sustainability', presented by the Sustainable Events Summit co-founder Rick Stainton, a handful of planners said that they incorporate sustainability out of choice, but not because they are required to by their company.
However, not one planner said they report on sustainability in their events and time and resources were cited as a huge barrier.
One client said: "I worry that I have to choose a venue that is sustainable, but it is not what I’m looking for. If I’m doing a dinner for a client, sustainability isn’t high on the agenda. Sustainability is a bonus."
Selecting a sustainable venue is key to making events more sustainable, according to Stainton. He said: "Most venues have a very solid sustainability programme. Ask venues if they have a sustainability policy. Small steps are key.
"Plan to monitor event industry developments and educational opportunities, review your internal procurement and supplier management processes, implement small changes to your event delivery approach that adhere to event objectives and measure consistent indicators across live event delivery.
"Sustainability is a journey - there is no wrong way of doing it. Ask agencies and suppliers to support you."