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Sustainable Event Guidelines

The City of Adelaide (CoA) has long been recognised as one of the world’s great festival cities; facilitating over 800 events every year. Events play an important role in stimulating the local economy and fostering a creative and liveable city. As part of the CoA community’s commitment to be a one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities and a leader in environmental change, there is a growing expectation that events are sustainable. These guidelines were developed with input from the event industry, to provide clear guidance on practical measures to make events more sustainable and promote sustainability achievements.

The Sustainable Event Guidelines have been developed collaboratively with event organisers, the waste industry and event suppliers in 2017-2018.

The guidelines provide:

  • practical ways to improve sustainability and set ambitious targets.
  • the basis for event organisers to promote their sustainability achievements.
  • information for event organisers who wish to seek formal certification for their efforts, for example in carbon neutrality through the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

This document provides guidance on how to deliver more environmentally sustainable events. Use of the Guidelines is voluntary and event organisers can select actions for implementation which are specific to their event. Continuous improvement and adoption of further actions over time is encouraged as part of the journey towards more environmentally sustainable events.

Who are the guidelines for?

The Guidelines can be used by anyone with an interest in sustainable events, in particular:

  • event organisers
  • waste contractors and service providers
  • catering and hospitality providers 
  • event suppliers
  • tourism and service industry associations
  • community and volunteer organisers.



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