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Event sustainability reporting

As part of Dublin City Council’s Economic Development and Local Enterprise Office’s event sponsorship application process, applicants (such as cultural organisations) are asked to provide information related to their event’s sustainability measures e.g. use of recycled materials, waste reduction and management. The Local Enterprise Office encourages businesses to adopt sustainable working practices through programmes such as LEAN - a training programme that helps businesses increase productivity whilst reducing waste - and ‘Profit with Purpose’ events which help SMEs and micro enterprises embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their operations. The Local Enterprise Office also sponsors events which promote innovation and sustainability such as the Responsible Innovation Summit.

To support communities sharing and co-developing ideas and resources that accelerate environmental action, Dublin City Council, in partnership with various stakeholders, developed MODOS – a pioneering circular economy business training programme. The programme includes participants working in cultural event management and is supporting them in embedding sustainability into their event operations.

Dublin City’s Culture and Creativity Strategy (2018-2022) prioritises cultural infrastructure and use of public space, including the provision of green space, committing to ‘creating a positive energy in the City, through the development of green spaces, play spaces and seating areas throughout the City’. Dublin City Council Culture Company runs numerous cultural place-making projects each year. The National Neighbourhood programme builds cultural projects in community settings and often involves natural and cultural heritage initiatives, connecting artists, groups and villages with libraries, museums and creative places.