Melvin Benn, the managing director of Festival Republic, will deliver a keynote speech for one of the Access Sessions on the Event Production Show’s (EPS) Main Stage.
Benn will speak at the beginning of Powerful Thinking’s People, Planet, Profit panel presentation from 1pm – 2pm on Tuesday 11 February.
Powerful Thinking is a not-for-profit industry think tank working towards an energy efficient, low carbon and cost effective future for festivals.
Benn’s fellow panellists will include: Claire O’Neill, founder of a Greener Festival and senior manager of the Association of Independent Festivals, Alison Tickell, CEO of Julie’s Bicycle, Chris Johnson co-founder and director of Shambala Festival and chair of Powerful Thinking and Andy Lenthall, general manager of the Production Services Association.
As some of the UK’s leading advocates for sustainable practices, they will discuss what a vision of a low carbon industry might look like, share their successes, and explore practical ways to achieve truly sustainable events.
The session will explore topics such as best practice, barriers to progress, the realities of sustainable production, what is ‘lowcarbon’, is offsetting a useful concept and how the industry work together on a topic which requires an industry stance?
“It is vital that we talk about and tackle our environmental impact as an industry and a panel discussion at the Event Production Show is the perfect platform to place this at the forefront of event organisers’ minds and spark debate,” said Powerful Thinking’s chair Chris Johnson.
“Where do we want to be in 2025 – proud to be pioneers, or an industry which is lagging compared to other sectors in a changing world. The smart use of resources is climbing up the agenda year by year as prices increase, and with urgent climate challenges we have the opportunity to be the change by communicating with large audiences.”
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Posted on: 14/01/14