It can be chal­leng­ing to acquire cer­tifi­cates for an event’s envi­ron­men­tal work for many rea­sons. Cer­tifi­cates and labels indi­cat­ing envi­ron­men­tal work add cred­i­bil­i­ty in the eyes of the financers and oth­er part­ners, not to men­tion the audi­ence – the appre­ci­a­tion for respon­si­ble events is begin­ning to show in tick­et sales as well. Thus, suc­cess­es and accom­plished goals should be com­mu­ni­cat­ed about in pub­lic as well.

When apply­ing for a cer­tifi­cate, you must exam­ine and do mat­ters prop­er­ly in writ­ing, which simul­tan­ious­ly gives you a good foun­da­tion for instruc­tions for the staff and for oth­er com­mu­ni­ca­tions as well.

Many event oper­a­tors rang­ing from fes­ti­vals to event hous­es have car­ried out the cer­tifi­cate by the domes­tic and prac­ti­cal Eco­Com­pass envi­ron­men­tal sys­tem. More infor­ma­tion is pro­vid­ed on the web­site by Eco­Com­pass. Eco­Com­pass is based on the inter­na­tion­al ISO 20121 sys­tem, whose brochure you can down­load for free on the web­site by ISO.

The Eng­lish A Green­er Future orga­ni­za­tion admits cer­tifi­cates for music events and fes­ti­vals that do praise­wor­thy envi­ron­men­tal work. The only fes­ti­val in Fin­land with the cer­tifi­cate is Ilosaarirock, which is also oth­er­wise dis­tin­guished as the pio­neer event for respon­si­bil­i­ty activ­i­ties. Read more on A Green­er Future web­site.

Respon­si­bil­i­ty at meet­ing and con­gress venues is increased in the Glob­al Des­ti­na­tion Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Move­ment pro­gramme. An equiv­a­lent domes­tic pro­gramme is the Sus­tain­able Trav­el Fin­land pro­gramme, devel­oped by Vis­it Fin­land. When you want to host and feed event vis­i­tors respon­si­bly, it is worth seek­ing hotels and restau­rant with a Green Key cer­tifi­cate.

When mak­ing pur­chas­es and select­ing part­ners, it is worth check­ing whether the ser­vice provider has an envi­ron­men­tal label. Elma is a dig­i­tal plat­form for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment that helps live music oper­a­tors cre­ate a sus­tain­abil­i­ty pro­gramme con­ve­nient­ly, whether they are event orga­niz­ers, per­form­ers, pro­mot­ers or venues. The pro­gramme built in Elma is assist­ed by the UN’s Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals, the SDGs, so it takes into con­sid­er­a­tion all areas of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.

In the future, Elma will be devel­oped to serve oth­er per­form­ing arts as well.