Why Events Should Measure Carbon

Should you be measuring the carbon impact of events?

Carbon emissions are an important factor to consider when planning any event, from small meetings to large conferences, each event has an impact. On average for an event, each attendee causes 0.5 tonnes of CO2 per day (Shift Carbon, 2022). Measuring your carbon emissions can help you understand the impact of your event on the environment and identify areas where you can make improvements. There are many areas within planning events that result in large emission costs. By measuring the full carbon footprint of your event, it creates a numerical aspect to your measurement and reporting.

Events are one of the largest producers of carbon emissions, so it is essential to understand how much they are contributing to global warming. (Bernoville, 2022)

Carbon emissions are one of the leading causes of global climate change and have a significant impact on our environment. Data from various sources shows that carbon emissions have been on the rise in recent years, with no sign of slowing down. This has caused a great deal of concern about the future of our planet’s environment and the need for drastic reduction in emissions in order to prevent further damage. (The Royal Society) Measuring your event’s carbon emissions is an important step towards reducing your environmental footprint and making sure that your event is sustainable. Which is vital for the care of the planet. 

an example of measuring carbon over a series of events
an example of measuring carbon over a series of events.

Measuring the emissions from your event will give you a benchmark to compare against, so you can see how your event is impacting the environment. (Simmons, 2016) With this knowledge in hand, you’ll be able to make informed decisions about how to reduce your carbon emissions, and ensure that your next events are having a positive impact on the environment. You will also be able to benchmark against other events and help reduce your overall carbon footprint. By understanding what the emissions show, you can take steps towards reducing them and making your event more sustainable.

By measuring and monitoring your carbon emissions, you can make sure that your event is as green as possible. Carbon emissions are an important consideration for any event, and they are a great numerical way to easily make reductions year on year. Not only is this important for your event and brand, it’s essential for our planet.

Further, picking up little ‘tricks of the trade’ can be a step in the right direction. Who’d have known that wrapping celery in tinfoil would keep it crisper for longer? Well, now you do! Learning tricks like these are great ways to stop yourself from wasting a plethora of food.

We understand that it can be laborious, if you need help carbon tracking your events, get in touch at inspired@from-now.com