1.6 Environmental certification – in a Norwegian context

It’s possible to have your festival environmentally certified, for which you will have to meet certain predefined criteria. As per today, there exist two environmental certification programmes aimed towards events.

logo_fee1) FEE Norway (Foundation for Environmental Education), which approves the plans of a single event. The certificate is only valid for that event.

logo_fyr2) The Eco-Lighthouse Program, which offers certification for the entire operation – the organization as well as the event. The certificate is valid for three years.

Listing all requirements and criteria here will be too comprehensive, but below you will find a short summary of the most important things to take into consideration. We recommend that you contact the different organisations for more information. The criteria are available on the internet and may prove useful in the environmental work at the event.

FEE Norway offers international solutions for meeting with environmental standards and criteria. The foundation works to ensure a sustainable development, with a focus on environmental training and information.

The criteria (some mandatory, some optional) are concerned with the following areas: internal environmental work, marketing, waste and sanitation, hygiene, purchasing, transportation, etc. More information is available at www.fee.no.

The Eco-Lighthouse Program offers a national certification solution, a simple program for environmental management and measures. The Eco-Lighthouse Program has two sets of requirements: general requirements, which include certain mandatory laws and regulations (e.g. a functioning HES-system) and specific demands for the varying kinds of businesses that seek environmental certification.

Industry requirements for events include the areas of work environment, purchase routines, material use, waste handling, transportation, energy, emissions, and aesthetics.

More information is available at www.miljofyrtarn.no.

Short summary – step by step:

  1. Organise the work: appoint an environmental manager and a work group. Formulate an environmental vision!
  2. Environmental mapping: identify the different environmental areas, measure the strain
  3. Plan of action: set your own environmental goals, select and prioritise tasks and measures, and work out a plan of action
  4. Evaluate the work and measure the results to gather experiences. Find out what you should continue doing and where changes are needed
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