HMGOG Sustainable Events Policy
HMGOG Adopts Sustainable Events Policy
HMGOG prioritises sustainable development and is working towards embedding sustainability across government. It is committed to acting responsibly as well as to encouraging wider adoption of sustainable practices. Today, it has released a Sustainable Events policy which acknowledges the leadership role it can play in driving change for sustainability across the public service, business and local community.
The document developed by the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations with the support of Gibraltar Cultural Services and Gibraltar Sports and Leisure Authority, outlines how events can be planned, managed and delivered sustainably. It is primarily directed at those commissioning or organising events although it is also of great relevance to the professionals and subcontractors that provide support services or products.
This policy identifies what it understands by sustainable events and the Government’s sustainability commitments as they apply to the hosting of events. It follows best practice in the field and informed by discussions and consultations with stakeholder groups as well as supports a cross-government approach to the adoption of sustainability.
Prof John Cortes, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change, Heritage and Culture clarified:
“Introducing sustainable considerations into our event planning, organisation and management will significantly reduce the environmental footprint of our events as well as creating a positive social impact and adding value to the local economy. From responsible procurement and sourcing, to accessibility and inclusivity, this Government is committed to creating a better and more sustainable Gibraltar.”
Professor Daniella Tilbury, Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations added:
“The well-being of people and planet depend on the choices we make in our daily and professional lives. Sustainable events not only limit carbon footprints, they also support the green economy, seek to address inequalities in our community, raise awareness of sustainable issues and act as a catalyst for the wider adoption of sustainable practices. This policy helps us transition to a new way of living and working.”
The document can be downloaded here