Arinex has become the first Australian event management company to gain carbon-neutral certification.
Provided by Climate Active, the carbon-neutral certification is awarded to businesses and organisations that have achieved a state of net-zero emissions.
In 2019, Arinex introduced a Sustainability Policy, as well as signed up for the IAPCO Plastics Pledge, pledging to drastically reduce the amount of plastic used at events.
The company also joined more than 310 event industry stakeholders from 48 countries to sign the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge. Launched during the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, the pledge signifies a joint commitment to achieve net-zero carbon events.
Recently, Arinex followed up on its sustainability ethos by banning all printed business cards for staff and making the switch to paper-free ‘tap and go’ cards from sustainability start-up Tapt.
The company’s Sydney office has also made the move to a new, greener building on Market Street, which has a 5-star Nabers energy rating and 4-star Nabers water rating. Desk rubbish bins have also been banned as part of a move to encourage recycling and reduction of waste.
Arinex’s managing director Nicole Walker said carbon neutral certification is part of a long-term commitment.
“We are acutely aware that this certification is only one step in our sustainability story – it’s not the be-all, end-all. The important thing is to follow through with this for every event that we manage and to assist our clients in reducing the carbon footprints of their events while showing them they need not compromise on anything,” she said.
“The rise of virtual events in the past two years has had a positive impact on the environment. However, with the return of physical events, it is even more pertinent to implement strategies that help to reduce, or ideally offset, the footprint.”