Posidonia 2022, the international shipping exhibition, has been certified as Greece’s first sustainable event by Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification.
The announcement follows a collaboration between Bureau Veritas and Posidonia Exhibitions SA, the exhibition’s organizer.
With Bureau Veritas’ support, Posidonia 2022 has become the first maritime exhibition to receive the ISO 20121 certification, attesting the industry’s commitment to organising sustainable events.
ISO 20121 is an international standard that provides guidance and best practice to help manage an event and control its social, economic, and environmental impact.
“We are delighted to have received this certification as it’s a testimony to the sustainability credentials of our signature event,” Theodore Vokos, Managing Director, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A, the organisers of Posidonia Exhibition and Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, said.
Bureau Veritas successfully assessed Posidonia’s event management system according to the ISO 20121 main focus: the balanced approach and performance to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress.
Lessons derived from the pandemic crisis, as well as the introduction of new sustainability policies and legal requirements, were the main drivers behind Posidonia’s commitment to incorporate sustainability aspects during the planning and implementation stages of Posidonia 2022.
“The thorough auditing process we underwent under the guidance of Bureau Veritas made us delve deeper into crucial areas of our operations, helped boost our people’s interest in sustainability, sharpened the team’s focus and attention to detail and armed us with renewed drive and desire to continue our efforts to produce the high quality, internationally acclaimed events Posidonia has become synonymous to,” Vokos said.
The ISO 20121 international standard is aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in terms of well-being, equality, clean water, clean energy, economic growth, sustainable cities, responsible consumption, climate, sustainable industrialisation, reducing inequalities, and inclusive societies.
Posidonia 2022 will open its doors on June 6 at the Athens Metropolitan Expo and run until June 10.