Benn has praised the UK events industry for taking the lead in sustainability.
"It's great to see the UK events industry taking up the challenge to make its industry more sustainable," he said. "The BSI standard will help people attending events around the country do the right thing with their waste and will reward businesses for doing so."
And BS8901 has been awarded the ‘Inspire Mark' - the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme that recognises "innovative and exceptional projects" inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Meanwhile, BSI, the UK-based standards assessment and certification body, has published a revised version of BS8901 entitled Specification for a sustainable event management system with guidance for use.
The revised document clarifies several of BS8901 requirements and is designed to be "easier to implement and audit for certification".
It has also been more closely aligned to other industry standards including BS ISO14001 Environmental management systems with the aim of reducing the workload of companies that choose to implement a number of management systems.
BSI standards director Mike Low said BS8901 had been submitted to the International Organisation for Standardisation for consideration as a proposed international standard on sustainable events.
"Enthusiasm for BS8901 has spread beyond the UK, with organisations throughout the world realising the benefits of implementation.