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XA Sustainability

The associations have a part to play in ensuring our members have the support and insight they need to work towards meeting the industry pledge.


Cross association sustainability working group

XAss sustainability WG icon

Our cross association sustainability working group provides AEV, AEO and ESSA members with focus on the important issues around sustainability and the ability to work together in reducing the event industry’s impact on the environment.


Working Group

Cross association sustainability commitments

XAss sustainability commitments

The sustainability commitments were launched in 2020 for members to use as a guide to track sustainability progression. 

The commitment scorecard resource is available to AEV, AEO and ESSA members only (within each member zone).


Member Zone

Messe Frankfurt Locations Talk 

Deep dive - sustainability at events 

On the 1st of February 2024, Messe Frankfurt streamed the latest instalment of their digital format for event organizers titled "Deep Dive: Sustainability at Events".

Ben Wielgus, Head of Sustainability at Informa, and Vivien Altmann-Morelli, Sustainability Management at Messe Frankfurt, discussed the topics below with the Michael Biwer, Vice President Guest Events at Messe Frankfurt:

How can a sustainability strategy be structurally embedded in a company?

What added value do sustainable events bring?

What future objectives beyond climate neutrality can we expect?

Click below for the video:


There are plenty of industry resources available to help you find your sustainability route to net zero.

Net zero carbon events

Net zero carbon events

The Net Zero Carbon Events initiative aims to bring together a wide range of industry stakeholders to:

  • jointly communicate our industry’s commitment to tackling climate change and driving towards net zero by 2050;
  • develop common methodologies for measuring the industry’s direct, indirect and supply chain greenhouse gas emissions;
  • construct an industry-wide roadmap towards net zero by 2050 and emissions reductions by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement, with support and guidance on key issues;
  • foster collaboration with suppliers and customers to ensure alignment and common approaches;
  • establish common mechanisms for reporting progress and sharing best practice.

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Sustainability in practice: a pathway for venues

Sustainability in practice: a pathway for venues

"Sustainability in practice: a pathway for venues" is a user-friendly framework to transition your venue to a Net Zero by 2050 future.

You can download it now. 

It is brought to you by events industry body isla, sponsored by VisitBritain and supported by AEO, mia and beam. We hope you find it useful and adoptable.

The Carbon Literacy Project

The Carbon Literacy Project

The Carbon Literacy Project offers everyone a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy® learning, covering – climate change, carbon footprints, how you can do your bit and why it’s relevant to you and your audience.

Carbon Literacy training is offered through workplaces, educational institutions and communities.

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