Two-days conference and discussion forum “Waste Management” is a platform for environmental, economic and social progress insights active for 14 years. Taking into account the global trends of sustainable development and sustainable events, the organisers of this event took the lead and this year initiated the first sustainable Lithuanian event that meets international criteria. The mission of this event is to become a good example and source of inspiration for participants, partners, sponsors and interested parties, which would enrich the experience of responsibility and promote the organization of sustainable events in Lithuania.
Exitus UAB together with the organizers of the event – Ekokonsultacijos UAB and Marmelad UAB – agreed to develop a long-term partnership. The first sustainable event highlighted the priorities of the long-term stakeholder dialogue, the Declaration of Sustainable Partnership among organizers, partners and sponsors was signed. Environmentally, 75 % of the menu was vegetarian and local (94 %), only the table water was served. Purchase of plastic materials and special decorations was refused, reduction of paper consumption encouraged, importance of public transport and car-sharing usage emphasised. All participants of the event were asked to disclose their transportation data, event’s fuel, energy, materials consumption as well as waste generation, sorting and recycling data was professionally accounted and translated into event’s carbon emissions (CO2eq).
In order to fully compensate the negative environmental effect of the first sustainable Lithuanian event, organisers developed two projects:
1. According to mutual agreement, partner for the event venue – Vilnius SPA Druskininkai hotel – has completely abandoned the use of plastic for drinking water (since 2017 September).
2. In partnership with professional Lithuanian foresters, organisers will invest into replantation of Lithuanian forests (in 2018 April).
Sustainable Event Report “Waste Management 2017”: TVARAUS RENGINIO ATASKAITA ATF2017
In 2015 the Swedish Business Awards became the first sustainable event in Lithuania following requirements of the ISO 20121:2012 standard, which was introduced during the London Olympic Games in 2012 and successfully followed by such international events as Eurovision in Sweden in 2013, FIFA World Cup Brazil in 2014, Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016. It will also be followed by EXPO Dubai in 2020 and FIFA World Cup Qatar in 2022.
Headquarters of the Business Sweden in Stockholm reported to the United Nations Global Compact that pilot initiative of sustainable event – the Swedish Business Awards in Lithuania – was one of the best global practice examples at Business Sweden in 2015 .
The Swedish Business Awards in Lithuania 2016 reached impressive sustainability outcomes: comparing to 2015, paper consumption reduced up to
80 %, 98 % recycled or composted waste, 0 % cut flowers decorations, 0 % plastic purchase, 100 % local and vegetarian menu, 100 % tap water for guests etc. After the event, EXITUS calculated the amount of non-avoided carbon emissions and initiated carbon offsetting project where Business Sweden Lithuania and key stakeholders planted one thousand pine trees compensating the negative impact to the environment.
The whole event was organised and managed under holistic sustainability approach, which is revealed in a Sustainable Event Report 2016.
REPORT: Swedish Business Awards 2016 Sustainable Event Report
In 2016 EXITUS became a friend partner to the biggest national marathon Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon in Lithuania. EXITUS has been involved into constructive dialogue with the event team crystallising the future sustainable event vision of Vilnius Marathon.
EXITUS advice to this year Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon event was to use the green energy. In this way, organisers of the Vilnius Marathon not only reduced negative effect of carbon emissions, but also introduced a positive message to the participants, guests and partners of the event: we can and must take into account the fact that each of our events do not take place in vacuum – they affect our living environment, life-style and consciousness of the choices we make. Green power today, sustainable events tomorrow.
The Swedish Busines Awards event serves as a platform for spreading Swedish values highlighting the success of Swedish – Baltic cooperation. It also serves as a yearly meeting point for business, science and political community, to discuss achievements, practices, challenges and trends.
The Swedish Business Awards were designed to be prestigious and to have very high status – carefully selected invitees – top executives from Swedish and Lithuanian companies, top politicians, opinion leaders, corporate speakers of high caliber.
Yearly this event is attended by the President of the Republic of Lithuania or a top political leader. In 2015 the event is planned to be hosted by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė and the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.
In 2015 EXITUS became a partner to the Swedish Business Awards event in order to assist the Business Sweden Lithuania in launching the first sustainable event in Lithuania orgnised under international ISO 20121:2012 “Event Sustainability Management System” standard.
EXITUS result – Business Sweden Lithuania “Sustainable Events Management” system creation and implementation during the Swedish Business Awards 2015 Lithuania event. Additionally, carbon offsetting post-event development and implementation.
REPORT: Swedish Business Awards 2015 Sustainable Event Report