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If you are regularly confronted with the challenges of organising events, you will know how important it is to care about the environment, waste, mobility. This homepage offers you tools to manage these issues

OBJECTIVES

The international 'SMASH-EVENTS' project aims at developing a standard for integrated environmental management for large events like cultural events, music festivals, exhibitions, etc… More particularly, it tends to add the aspect of mobility management to already existing practices in reducing the environmental impact of large events.
The direct objectives are to:
decrease the short term negative impact of the event on the environment: by reducing the effect of the festival on the natural environment during the event, mainly by decreasing noise, nuisance and vehicle emissions;
decrease the long term negative environmental impact by reducing vehicle emissions, production of waste, and the lasting impacts on the natural environment.
Specific products of the international co-operation are:
a set of tools in the form of a manual that can be used for integrated environmental management, including mobility management, of several kinds of events.
a proposal of an environmental audit scheme for large events.

TEST PROJECTS AND IMPLEMENTATION

One of the key methodology aspects of the project is to carry out test projects for different types of events in 4 different countries:
Belgium: music festivals (one day events in mainly rural areas but close to village centres)
Germany: skating events in the streets of the city of N?rnberg.
Austria: 'Provincial Exhibition Styria' (long lasting event in a small urban environment)
Italy: 'Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park' (traffic generating events in a protected rural area that attracts eco-tourism all year round)
During the first year of the project, the events have been screened intensively and possible actions have been tested. In the second year, after the intensive analysis of the first year, an integrated environmental approach has been put in place and the set targets should be met.

RESULTS

Results from the pilot projects: effective reduction of the environmental impact of the studied events, following both quantitative and qualitative targets.
Results from the international co-operation:
the possibility to evaluate the environmental impact of different kinds of events
guidelines and tools for the implementation of solutions
a contribution to a better understanding of environmental and, more specifically, mobility aspects of leisure time activities.
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