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  • Duration 0.5 day (10am to 1.30pm)
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About this course


Sustainable Event Management Online provides an overview of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and how they can be implemented in your organisation. The course content is based on the requirements of ISO 20121, the International Standard for Sustainable Event Management.

“ISO 20121 offers guidance and best practice to help you manage your event and control its social, economic and environmental impact. Every action counts, from relying on tap water instead of plastic bottles to encouraging use of public transport. You might find that it also helps you cut unnecessary costs.

ISO 20121’s flexible approach means that it can be used for all types of events, from music festivals to school outings. The standard has been developed with input from many different stakeholders, including representatives from the event industry, to make it practical and useful. It addresses all stages of an events’ supply chain and includes monitoring and measuring guidelines. (   

Delivered through our online learning platform, the course is ideal for businesses and individuals from any area of the events industry who want to oversee organisational sustainability improvements, including representatives from senior management, operations & logistics, HR, finance, marketing and sales.

The course is delivered by Tamma Carel, Founder & Director of Imvelo Ltd. Tamma is a senior environmental consultant specialising in environmental legislation, ISO14001 Environmental Management systems, and helping businesses understand and implement the UN's Sustainable Development Goals into their operations.

This course has been developed in partnership with XPLOR, our research and innovation centre for entertainment technology and production. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Find out more at

Sustainable Event Management Online is the perfect course to start you on your journey to ISO 20121.

Topics covered

  • Sustainability in the Events Industry
  • Benefits of implementing an Environmental Management System
  • Introduction to ISO 20121
  • Writing an environmental policy
  • Identifying environmental aspects
  • Setting objectives and targets
  • Environmental communication
  • Environmental monitoring and operational control


This course is hosted on our online learning platform - please ensure you have access to a laptop with camera and microphone.     

On-site training

All of our training programmes can be delivered in person at Backstage Academy or at your premises, if suitable (minimum delegate number applies). 

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