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How will the Carbon Tax impact the event industry?


Australia’s leading education supplier for the events sector, The Australian Centre for Event Management, is staging a workshop this month focused on sustainable events practice and exploring the business drivers to address the impact of carbon tax on producing events.

Workshop convenor Rob Cawthorne, who is managing director of the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI), said his course is designed to help the events industry prepare for a carbon constrained future.

The one day session on September 26th in Sydney will help participants understand carbon related issues, unravel the jargon and learn strategies on how to reduce an events impact on the climate, translating into cost savings and tapping into the growing demand for highly promotable sustainable events.

Attendees are invited to bring information about events they have operated, or make up hypothetical events, and see their carbon footprints calculated. They will receive direct expert advice on what exactly contributes to the largest emissions, and ways to mitigate cost pressures from a carbon tax.

Cawthorne was involved in the development of Australia’s first emissions trading scheme, The Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme, considered to be one of the first working models of an environmental / emissions trading scheme in the world which he continues to manage. Cawthorne’s practical understanding of emissions trading has him consult to many organisations and event venues.

His company CRI administers the NoCO2 Certification Program, which is Australia’s most heavily subscribed climate change certification program, for both businesses and events. CRI have pioneered a methodology that allows for effective measurement of emissions relating to events, and have audited and certified high profile events such as City of Sydney New Years Eve for the last 4 years.

Workshop subjects will cover:
• Preparing your organisation for a carbon constrained future
• Calculating the carbon footprint of your events – and what’s impacting the most
• Understanding the financial implications of a carbon tax
• Low emissions food and catering
• Best practice waste management
• Identifying energy efficiency opportunities
• Take advantage of promotional opportunities through carbon neutral events
• Low carbon/sustainable procurement choices
• Communicating sustainable actions
• Audience travel practices guide
• Identifying green venues

Carbon and Beyond – The Business Case & Practices for Sustainable Events will be held at the Graduate School of Business, UTS Haymarket Campus on Monday 26 September

More details on the course and the registration form are available at www.acem.uts.edu.au or contact Wendy Symonds 02 9514 5156 acem@uts.edu.au

 

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