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Making AEO sustainable

Sustainability in event planning and management has become an increasingly critical focus in today's world, driven by a growing global awareness of environmental issues and the urgent need to reduce carbon footprints.

As an association committed to effecting change and minimising our environmental impact, we have implemented several initiatives to lead a more sustainable future.

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Carbon management services: By partnering with a carbon management company, we have gained insight into our current environmental impact, allowing us to establish ambitious carbon reduction targets of 5% annually. Additionally, this collaboration has resulted in the creation of seven comprehensive guides aimed at assisting industry professionals in reducing their carbon footprint.

Members can see the guides in the member zone. 

Read the guides

Sustainability commitments: We have developed a set of sustainability commitments designed to provide event professionals with a framework for achieving a consistent baseline of sustainability performance. These commitments offer clear guidance and enable our members to monitor and compare their progress towards sustainable practices.

Members can see the guides in the member zone. 

Read the commitments

 

Cross association sustainability group: This group provides an opportunity for venues, organisers and suppliers to come together and share new ideas, innovative developments, and practical solutions to the challenges we all face on sustainability, to reduce the event industry’s impact on the environment.

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AEO sustainability group: Our association has established a dedicated sustainability group within the AEO to contribute to broader industry sustainability initiatives from an organiser's perspective. This collaborative platform allows organisers from diverse sectors to share best practices and drive sustainable development across the events industry.

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Spotlight case studies: Our sustainability group actively collects and showcases case studies to illustrate how members are implementing the principles outlined in our sustainability commitments.

Spotlight case studies

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Supplier selection and event practices

Sustainability is central to our supplier selection and event practices, reflecting our commitment to reducing environmental impact and promoting responsible business.

By prioritising suppliers and venues that share our values, we ensure our operations align with our sustainability goals.

Learn more about our supplier selection and event practices below.

Sustainability Focuses 

 

2023 carbon report

We measured our carbon footprint for 2023, so that we can cab set future targets for improvement. Take a look below. 

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Tracking, reducing and neutralising our carbon footprint 

While we acknowledge that our journey towards sustainability is ongoing, we are committed to progress over perfection.

AEO uses a third party certified company, Cloverly, who align with our sustainability goals by integrating effective carbon projects. We take responsibility for the carbon footprint that our business activities, events and delegate travel create, by investing in certified climate action and carbon reduction projects. Cloverly's platform enables us to track, reduce, and neutralise our emissions with high-quality, verified offsets from diverse environmental initiatives.

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Each year we create a climate budget, aligned with our carbon emissions, and invest in projects which have the maximum carbon impact, this year we’ve invested in year:

Indian Carboneers

Carboneers collaborates with farming communities to create decentralised biochar projects. By converting agricultural biomass waste into biochar, carbon is sequestered for over a thousand years, mitigating climate change effects on farmlands.

Reforestation and Restoration of Degraded Mangrove Lands, Sustainable Livelihood and Community Development in Myanmar


This blue carbon project aims to restore 2,000+ hectares of mangrove forests in Myanmar, planting 9.1 million new mangrove plants.

Net zero carbon events