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​Events have a social role to play and are a valid tool to make the public aware of sustainability and all that it involves.

They are generally complex, contain a number of services and are attended by a lot of people, who may also come from abroad.

Some events have a considerable impact on the environment but at the same time enable different cultures and people to come together.

An event is not only an organised meeting during which messages, related to the various topics dealt with during the debates and conferences which are part of the event, are communicated but it is also an excellent platform to promote sustainability, involve the community and enhance the area.

Companies which organise events, conference platforms and service suppliers to events that have understood this social role, can adopt an appropriate and effective management system, according to the international standard ISO 20121:2012; the latter establishes the requirements for event sustainability management systems and applies to any type of event or correlated activity.

RINA SERVICES also offers specialized courses and analysis related to the theme of the service: for further information please send an e-mail to ghg_services@rina.org.


ISO 20121 provides organisations involved with agreed and standard reference parameters so as to prevent, mitigate and compensate possible negative effects on the environment and local communities of the events and enhance the positive effects.

The benefits of ISO 20121 ​are:
  • demonstrate to adopt a responsible approach to the environment/community
  • acquire new business
  • manage environmental, social and economic risks and opportunities
  • strengthen the position of the organisation within the community
Certification provides a written guarantee for the management system, to avoid self-referentiality and to meet the demands of an increasingly more attentive and demanding community.


RINA SERVICES can act as qualified certification partner for all types of organisations and all types of events and correlated activities.

Thanks to its previous experience in certification and similar verifications, ranging from ISO 14001 certification and EMAS for TOROC for the Torino Olympics in 2006, to greenhouse gas emission verifications associated with other minor events, RINA SERVICES has drawn up a specific certification scheme in compliance with the ISO 20121 Standard and has obtained the accreditation from ACCREDIA for providing this service.

Who can apply ISO 20121?

  • Event Owner: anyone who commissions and is responsible for the overall management of an event
  • Event Organizer: anyone with overall responsibility for the delivery of an event
  • Suppliers to the event: any organization providing products, services or facilities such as stand builders, lighting engineers, sound engineers, caterers, venue owners, conference platforms and couriers.

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