SACEOS releases national guidelines to drive sustainability for Singapore’s MICE events

The national guidelines will enable Singapore's MICE industry to reduce its environmental impact and align with national sustainability targets; Singapore skyline pictured

The Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS) together with the Singapore Standards Council (SSC), which is overseen by Enterprise Singapore, launched the new Workshop Agreement (WA), known as WA 3 Sustainable MICE – Guidelines for waste management.

Applicable to business events with 50 or more attendees, WA 3 provides specific guidelines for event organisers, venues, event builders, F&B providers and exhibitors. These include setting waste management goals and reducing specific types of waste through a reduce, reuse, and recycle approach.

The guidelines will enable Singapore’s MICE industry to reduce its environmental impact and align with national sustainability targets; the Singapore skyline pictured

The new guidelines are in line with the Singapore MICE Sustainability Roadmap which was launched on December 1, 2022. WA 3 referenced both international and national standards to help the industry organise greener events through practical guidelines and industry best practices. The guidelines are also aligned with the Singapore Green Plan 2030, which calls for a 30 per cent reduction in waste sent to landfills by 2030.

To build waste management capabilities among stakeholders, SACEOS will be running its first MICE Waste Management Guidelines workshop based on WA 3 on 12 April 12, 2023. The workshop will promote awareness and provide guidance to reduce specific waste generated by each stakeholder. This will enable MICE stakeholders to start establishing specific initiatives and support companies to prepare for MICE Sustainability Certification by 2025.

E-copies of the guidelines are available for purchase on the Singapore Standards eShop. WA 3 can also be accessed for viewing at public libraries.

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