It is important to start planning a greener event early; successfully implementing greening actions can require plenty of lead time.
Another reason to start the planning process early is that an environmental strategy may be a minimum requirement to enter a bid process. It may also provide a compelling point of difference between competing bids. Given New Zealand’s geographic location, a good environmental plan could help counter concerns about the environmental impacts generated by participants travelling long distances to New Zealand.
Decisions made at the early planning stage can significantly influence the types of environmental impacts that arise from the event. For example, decisions about an event’s location and venue can significantly affect the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and impacts associated with transport, energy and water use. Wherever possible, those responsible for staging events should consider the potential environmental impacts of different locations and venues before making their final choice.