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PLASA Launches Industry Survey On Sustainability

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PLASA is running an industry-wide survey on sustainability. The association aims to understand how and if companies across the entertainment technology sector are tackling the important issue of sustainability and carbon reduction.

The survey was launched during the Member Business Forum on Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, which took place in London on 18 January 2024. However, the survey is now open to the wider industry until 29 March, in partnership with #WeMakeEvents, LSi magazine, LIVE and PEARLE.

Even though there are no current legal requirements in the UK to implement such plans, PLASA recognises the importance of sustainability across the industry and the need for support. Therefore, the association is now conducting research to understand the current position of the industry. The data will help to inform the activities of the association, as well as future industry collaborative initiatives and membership support.

Bryan Raven, Director of Strategic Projects for d&b Solutions and Joint Vice-Chair for the PLASA Carbon Reduction to Net Zero steering group, said: "Sustainability is not something any company can deal with alone – suppliers, customers, freelancers and audiences need to work together. It's not about competitive advantages; it's about doing what is right. As an industry we need to lead the way and work together to minimise the carbon impact of 'making events'."

Nicky Greet, Director of Membership, Skills and Technical for PLASA, added: "The drive for carbon reduction will impact everyone in our industry. We know that some companies are much more ahead than others, and we want to understand where companies are on that journey, so we can target support. We're all interconnected as a supply chain and so it matters that all companies take part, not just in this survey, but in implementing and recording metrics. Sustainability is now the number one issue that cannot be ignored, both commercially and ethically."

The sustainability survey closes on 29 March:

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