TonneZero develops high-level sustainability plans that form part of the framework for the environmental aspects of your event. This framework will outline the basic approach to ensuring sustainability. It will consider issues such as climate change, carbon footprints, energy use, resource management, waste management, and operational efficiencies aimed at cost reduction. The strategy will also highlight what monitoring and measurement will be required during the event. In cases where the event will be certified to ISO 20121 this would form part of the system documentation.
WASTE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVES
TonneZero develops integrated waste management plans to include a variety of specific waste management initiatives that can be incorporated into your event. In many cases preparation of an IWMP is necessary to comply with the requirements of local authority legislation. All relevant SEMA’s (Secondary Environmental Management Acts), regulations, draft legislation and standards that concern waste – in particular and your event in general – will be taken into account.
Site specific IWMPs can also be developed for each venue or site. These will integrate with the overarching IWMP but will include area and jurisdiction specific requirements and initiatives.
WATER AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
Integrated natural resource management (INRM) is a process of managing natural resources in a systematic way, which includes multiple aspects of natural resource use (biophysical, socio-political, and economic) to meet set goals. These strategies will provide pathways to achieve identified resource use goals. They will also identify instruments for increasing social and financial accountability of water management and water services. These strategies will provide insight in the legal, political and institutional framework affecting water governance in your context. Efficiencies identified will reduce water use and result in concomitant cost reduction.
GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN
The Procurement Policy and Purchasing Procedure will be updated to include environmental aspects. This will ensure that the procurement of service providers for your event will take into account environmental aspects as a selection criterion.
We can assist in developing awareness campaigns to showcase new environmental innovation and promote environmental awareness. We will assist in developing competitions and provide input where required.
SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING (POST EVENT)
A sustainability report that summarises the environmental impacts of your event will be developed post-event. It will highlight all initiatives that were successfully completed and assess performance against targets and frameworks established pre-event. This will also establish a platform for benchmarking for future events.
FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR A CARBON NEUTRAL EVENT
We can compile a feasibility study to estimate the carbon footprint of your event, identify possible measures to reduce carbon emissions, and recommend what type of institutional regime for carbon offsets is required to achieve a “carbon neutral” event.
The study can cover the following:
● carbon footprint methodology;
● summary of footprint;
● benchmarking previous events;
● institutional issues for a carbon neutral event;
● objectives of the carbon offset process;
● growth of the voluntary carbon market;
● election of offset projects;
● third party verification of projects;
● conclusions and recommendations.
PRE-EVENT CARBON MANAGEMENT PLAN
A feasibility study will be conducted that will inform a more definitive carbon management plan, inclusive of specific actions and targets. These include:
● policies, strategies and targets to achieve absolute reductions;
● emissions baseline & projections;
● recent initiatives for reducing carbon emissions;
● responsibility for carbon management;
● carbon management framework;
● goals and actions;
● carbon reduction targets.
CARBON FOOTPRINT OF THE EVENT
The carbon footprint of your event can be measured post event. The report will include an introduction, explain the methodology used to calculate the carbon footprint and indicate the emission factors used. The report will also include the scope and boundaries of the assessment, and present the results.
ENERGY MANAGEMENT PLAN
An Energy Management Plan (EMP) in accordance with SANS 50001 can be compiled. This will set out the manner in which the energy performance of the data provider will be managed. “SANS 50001” means the South African National Standard for Energy Management Systems. The report will include areas of energy efficiency savings potential and energy performance indicators for monitoring and measuring energy performance.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES, MONITORING AND AUDITING
TonneZero offers a range of energy services to help you improve energy efficiency by identifying where significant energy savings can be made in your event. Energy efficiency equates to cost reduction. Services include:
● a roadmap of energy-efficiency actions
● energy monitoring and targeting
● energy analysis and reporting
● energy auditing
● feasibility studies on energy-related interventions
● benchmarking against other events
LEGAL & SYSTEM COMPLIANCE AUDITING
The audit objective will be to determine the extent of an event’s legal and/or system compliance. Legal compliance will be measured against event and venue specific applicable environmental legislation at national, provincial and local authority level. The audits will also assess compliance with the relevant initiatives that will be implemented such as the IWMPs.