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Category: Achieving sustainability

Glasgow 2014 – XX Commonwealth Games Report

From winning the bid to the official results, this report shows a holistic view of Glasgow’s experience as the XX Commonwealth Games host city.

IAEH highlights differential points that made of the 2014 Commonwealth Games an outstanding event.

  • Sport Programme: Incorporated more Women’s and Para-sport events than ever before.
  • Ticketing: First Commonwealth Games to offer half-price children’s concessions. 5,000 tickets were set aside for disadvantaged children from across Scotland.
  • Human rights: Glasgow 2014 published its own approach to human rights – the first sporting mega-event organisation to do so anywhere in the world.
  • Sustainability: The first Commonwealth Games to achieve ISO 20121 status.
  • Planning: The Games was delivered on time and within its £575.6 million budget.

The full report comprising details of the Games delivery and including marketing strategy, operational planning, commercial partnerships and more is available to download here.

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Greening Guide for Major Events

This guide was developed by the Ministry for the Environment from New Zealand.

“Designed to help owners and organisers of major events ensure their event is both successful and more environmentally responsible. It outlines ways to develop and implement an environmental strategy and action plan, and offers practical tips, resources and checklists. Event owners and organisers will find it a valuable source of ideas for reducing their event’s environmental impacts in many key areas – from choosing supplies and contractors, to managing waste and resource use, transport, energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions.”

The guide comprises three sections. The first shows how to develop and implement an environmental strategy and action plan, the second shows the greening focus areas and the last brings tools, checklists and templates. It also shows how to overcome challenges in the planning process, such as proving cost effectiveness of proposed actions, generating full commitment of the event owner, event organisers and decision makers and avoiding greenwashing (misleading consumers about a company’s environmental practices or about the environmental benefits of a product or service).

Environmental strategy may be a minimum requirement to enter the bid process to host a major event or can be a point of difference between competing bids. Planning and delivering an environmentally responsible event can save money by reducing the cost of waste disposal, energy and water, meet international expectations and create legacies by raising attendees’ awareness and inspiring behaviour change.

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