Vision:2025 has launched a consultation for an industry Green Code of Conduct, to provide clear minimum environmental standards for all UK outdoor events.

The code has been developed by Vision:2025 member associations, including AIF, AFO, NOEA, EIF, and organisations such as Festival Republic and Julie’s Bicycle, with support from live event promoters across the UK.

The online survey is open for comments until January 14. The consultation seeks the feedback of events professionals and event businesses across the industry, acknowledging that a code of conduct could affect all outdoor live events

Chris Johnson, chair of Vision:2025, said: “Developing a code of conduct by the industry for the industry has multiple benefits: It will provide standards for sustainable practices that are credible, realistic, and crucially, workable, for all event organisers. It will bring the clarity, along with national consistency, that stakeholders across the sector are asking for, as we take steps to reduce emissions and impacts as part the industry’s journey to net zero.”

Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, said: “Creating a Green Code of Conduct is a practical and potentially effective step that the industry can take to show leadership and improve standards.”

The Green Code is a direct response to recommendations made by the Select Committee on the Future of Music Festivals, in May 2021. The Minister for Digital and Culture is working with Government departments to explore how the industry is managing its environmental performance over the coming months. The Ccde also responds and relates to the ambition and framework set out for the wider music sector in the LIVE Green vision, launched this year.

The green code is being considered as the basis on which industry best practice could be established and endorsed by Government as a new chapter of the industry’s health and safety bible, The Purple Guide.

Steve Heap, general secretary of the AFO, and chair of the Event Industry Forum (EIF) which oversees the Purple Guide, commented: “The Purple Guide is an established publication that advises how our industry manages health and safety best practice. This Green Code of Conduct could provide the blueprint for a new sustainability chapter.”

Paul Reed, CEO of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), commented: “The development of the Green Code of conduct will help AIF members and all outdoor events to manage their impacts and agree on some top-level shared principles. It is vital that we continue to work together as an industry and with Government to mitigate impacts and take collective action.”

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