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Category: Achieving sustainability

2020 IAEH Members’ Survey Full Results

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The IAEH consults its members every year to understand their experiences and expectations, key areas of interest and to make sure the activities proposed remain relevant. Thisyear, with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and its impact on events globally, the need to ensure the IAEH provides the right content, in the right format, is more important than ever.

This year, 24 out of 41 members, participated and shared their thoughts on the IAEH resources, activities and administration. The survey also included a section with questions related to the COVID-19 crisis.

This document lists the full results of the 2020 Members’ Survey.

2019-2020 IAEH Annual Report

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This report summarises the IAEH activities between April 2019 and April 2020 and includes information on current membership, current administration, and plans for 2020-2021. It also informs members on IAEH’s finance as well as budget for the year ahead.

World Athletics Sustainability Strategy

Sustainability within athletics is defined as driving the practices and behaviours of individuals and organisations developing the sport in such a way that it:
– accounts for the needs of future generations,
– provides a fair and level sporting platform based on sound ethical principles,
– actively involves interested parties and is open about decisions and activities, and
– ensures actions take a balanced approach to their social, economic and environmental impact.

Putting in place a robust sustainability strategy ensures World Athletics and its partner organisations have a framework for delivering tangible benefits across the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic.

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Creating Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Presentation delivered by Peter Tudor, Director of Visitor Services, Park Operations & Venues, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, at the IAEH meeting and Knowledge Sharing session in December 2018 in London.

The slides show the continued transformation of a 200 hectares area in east London triggered by the building of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The park is part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games and is the “new heart of east London”.

Playing for our planet – How sports win from being sustainable

The Green Sports Alliance, with the support of UEFA and WWF compiled a report that represent good practice illustrating ‘game- changing’ environmental developments of the sports movement in Europe.

Environmental leadership is an increasingly important component for all sport stakeholders and major sporting events, environmental conscious operations are no longer solely a focus of visionary thinking, but have become a vital operational and economic requirement.

The Green Sports Report was designed to bring together good practices by key stakeholders of the sport movement, from federations, teams, fans sporting goods manufacturers and venue operators, to sponsoring partners, environmental organisations and policymakers. Its main objective is to showcase innovative solutions which enhance the environmental performance of sports.

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Tokyo 2020 Legacy Planning

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Presentation delivered by Dr Munehiko Harada of the Waseda University and Chairman of Japan Sport Tourism Alliance at the 2018 Annual Forum of the International Association of Event Hosts, in Bangkok, on April 19th.

OECD Recommendation on Global Events and Local Development

The Recommendation on Global Events and Local Development was adopted by the OECD Council meeting at Ministerial level on 30 May 2018. It aims to provide members and non-members with a comprehensive overview of the main tenets of the framework conditions required to realise more sustainable global events and more effective delivery mechanisms and to build stronger capacities to leverage local benefits.

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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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