Young Stars Sustainability Forum – Melbourne

When26 - 26 February 2019
Event Type Consumer
Entry Fee 33.00

We continue to make progress in the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) sustainability initiative following two productive events attended by approximately 80 of EEAA’s Young Star Members in Sydney and Melbourne.

There was a promising spirit of collaboration between organisers, venues and suppliers with Members united in their shared commitment to environmental sustainability. There was sense of urgency that the industry must act now to introduce more measures to reduce the amount of waste, especially of materials going to land-fill.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said the initiative was a major priority for the Association and its working group had completed the first stage of the project, which was in consultation phase with young members.

"The future of our industry is in the hands of our next generation leaders, so it is only fitting that we should consult and listen to what they have to say." she said.

Leighton Wood, Chief Operating Officer of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) who Chaired the Board working group stressed the importance of collaboration between sectors.

During discussions, attendees provided their feedback and identified key priorities for the implementation phase including:

  • Communication and education at every stage
  • Encouraging a culture of openness and collaboration
  • Industry certification for sustainability
  • Industry standard rating system
  • Sharing global best-practice
  • Penalties for poor practice
  • Product recyclability grading system
  • Awards and incentives
  • Shift to paperless where possible
  • Reduction of single-use plastics
  • Ongoing conversations

The EEAA Board has considered the feedback from the two forums and committed to progressing to the next stage. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months - stay tuned. President Spiro Anemogiannis commended the commitment shown by the working group and the attendees at the event.

"It is essential that we tackle this issue." he said.

We would like to thank all the participants at the Melbourne and Sydney forums for attending and inspiring creative and practical solutions to combat waste in the industry.

Thank you our EEAA Young Stars program partners, Tourism Australia and Ungerboeck. A big thank you also to ICC Sydney and MCEC, for hosting the events.

If you would like to be involved in this sustainability initiative please contact Claudia Hunter on [email protected].

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