Venues and Events International launches EVENTsmart

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Venues and Events International has partnered with Greengage Solutions to launch a new sustainable initiative for clients – EVENTsmart. 

EVENTsmart is a carbon calculator powered by Smart Carbon that measures multiple emissions of an event.

EVENTsmart aims to support clients with their carbon offsetting while ensuring Venues and Events International remains ahead of the curve on sustainability. Clients using EVENTsmart will receive emissions data reports displaying their offset requirements. Data collected for the reports include travel, accommodation, meeting space, catering, electric and gas, water usage, event materials and general waste.

Anita Lowe, CEO of Venues and Events International, said: "We have embraced the principle of thinking green in all we do – and we see it as our esponsibility to share our knowledge and expertise with clients.

"Sustainability is high on the agenda for many of our clients, and we're always looking for new ways to introduce sustainable initiatives into our events. Having secured the Greengage ECOsmart accreditation for our business in June 2021, launching EVENTsmart was our obvious next step towards further supporting clients with their carbon offsetting."

The launch comes as the largest UK-registered companies and financial institutions are required to report climate-related financial information from April 2022. UK companies must legally become net zero by 2050 and reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2028.

Andrew Perolls, CEO of Greengage Solutions, said: "The UK hosts around 1.3 million business events annually, with a spend of around £40 billion. The event industry is bouncing back after the
pandemic, so this will only increase. Therefore, it's down to businesses to be more responsible around event planning and carbon measurement. Venues and Events International launching EVENTsmart to their clients is a clear demonstration of their commitment to sustainability and supporting the wider meetings and events industry with reducing carbon emissions."

EVENTsmart is suitable for all types of event programmes as it can measure any form of event, from a live event at a venue, a virtual event, or even an event that uses a client's office space. It allows for reporting single events or a client's combined business and provides a self-certified report that clients can share on Companies House.

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