The theme of sustainability is becoming increasingly central to events and congresses. In our view this is a very positive development which is also increasingly appreciated by visitors. Sustainability is also an important theme at QuickSpace.
Quickspace contributes to sustainability in 3 ways.
Waste is an important issue in the event industry. In a short period of time entire halls are built beautifully, but unfortunately this often results in a large waste stream. For example, printed materials or floor coverings that are used only once, or temporary spaces that are constructed using wood or other sheet material for one-time use.
One of the benefits around sustainability at QuickSpace is that there are no waste streams created when using our products. QuickSpace room in room products are quickly assembled and disassembled, and thoroughly cleaned afterwards in an environmentally friendly manner.
At the end of the life cycle of our products, the textiles are processed into usable products, such as bags and covers, thus contributing to a circular economy. In doing so, we work together with various partners.
QuickSpace works exclusively with devices that are energy efficient. For example, all our lighting is based on economical LED technology, and we work with fans that have a very low consumption. Did you know that a dome for 50 people costs less than € 0.55 per day in electricity?
In addition, QuickSpace can transport its products very efficiently, due to the relatively low weight and volume of the products. We therefore do not need heavy equipment such as trucks, which is very environmentally friendly.
In 2018, research revealed that approximately 351.2 million tons of waste were generated in Germany. And while the amount of waste generated varies by event, the amount of waste released per person still remains high. According to script events Amsterdam, key figures show that at least 1 liter of waste per person, every 4 hours is generated. That is quite a large carbon footprint that is generated. These key figures are based on the visitors during an event and focuses on consumption. But if we look at the total picture of an event, such as the logistics, accessibility location, energy and water consumption, catering (materials), waste management and recycling, paper waste, use of communication in waste prevention, and produced (chemical) waste from cleaning among others, then the actual number of liters of waste per person, per event, is higher. And since these factors are difficult to measure, we can only reduce our impact on the environment by adapting ourselves.
OVAM’s green event scan measures your event based on 8 themes: space, cathering, material, waste, energy, water, mobility and policy, and helps you provide insight into your sustainability. The ISO 20121 can help with a framework to act more sustainable during your event compared to a ‘sustainability checklist’ that falls under greenwashing.
Fortunately, there are several alternatives for disposing of waste such as recycling, renovating or donating waste. This does not have to cost money and you do others a favor. For example, as an entrepreneur you can buy, sell, or donate industrial waste through the afvalmarkt.nl (Netherlands), waste-outlet.com, or even through social media such as Facebook marketplace. There are also artists and creative organizations that give waste a new concept (trash art) and some are happy to accept waste. Leftover food from events can be donated to food banks or composting companies.
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