Green events cost, Government told

Government departments must consider the cost of holding sustainable events as well as the benefits, a leading agency told civil servants today. Paul Morey, joint MD of Preston-based shop Glasgows pointed to growing Government interest in sustainability, but added “budgetary restrictions need to be relaxed or removed for this to movement to truly gain momentum”. He was speaking at a seminar on sustainable events held at London’s QEII Conference Centre and attended by over 30 representatives from government departments including the Central Office of Information, Energy Savings Trust and Department of Trade and Industry. Glasgows chairman Ron Glasgow added that the seminar was a way to debate the issues with clients and encourage government departments to be more open-minded with budget allocation when inviting agencies to tender. “More and more ITT’s we receive contain sustainability clauses driven by growing demand in Government circles. For example, the recent carbon offset fund and Tony Blair’s bid for the Labour Party to be carbon neutral by 2012. “There are certain elements of event management that can be cost-neutral such as online invitations in place of paper ones and encouraging delegates to attend by public transport. But beyond that people need to stay open to the idea of allocating more budget for the additional elements of sustainability.”

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