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Tartu 2024, Guidelines for Organising Environmentally Friendly Events

By Press release June 08, 2022
Tartu 2024 Tartu 2024 Photo by Oliver Kuusk

Tartu 2024, in cooperation with Acento, created an environmental strategy, which aims to place the environmental activites of the European Capital of Culture into the wider global and European context and to identify the most important environmental aspects in Estonia based on the example of Tartu and Southern Estonia.

In order to leave a lasting positive environmental impact, Tartu 2024 involved the Tartu City Government's Culture Department and the Environment Department, the Tartu County Development Association and the cultural managers in the City of Tartu in the drafting of the strategy. Already this summer, the City of Tartu will abide by the Guidelines for Organising Environmentally Friendly Events when organising the Car-Free Avenue. This means that the organisers will take into account requirements in seven categories: materials and purchases; catering and the use of water; transportation; energy and resource efficiency; surroundings and community; waste management; and communication.

Tartu 2024 strives towards four large goals, which theybelieve can be reached and they encourage Tartu and Southern Estonian cultural managers to contribute to reaching the goals in cooperation with they:
By 2025, a cultural management inventory pool has been created in the municipalities of the Tartu 2024 region (affordable services), which can be rented and shared with others (decorations, frames for trash cans, dishes and so forth) and which allow to organise public and cultural events without using single-use solutions (in 2022 a clear numerical goal will be confirmed).
By 2025, environmentally friendly food (organic and local) will be offered and redistributing leftover food from the events has become a norm (in 2022 a clear numerical goal will be confirmed).
By 2025, separate waste collection has become a norm at events (this means that 90% of events have been organised in a way that waste is collected separately).
By 2025, more environmentally friendly energy and transportation solutions will be used at events compared to 2022.


These guidelines set out the minimum requirements and recommendations for the organisation of environmentally friendly events. The guidelines rely on the environmental strategy of Tartu 2024 Foundation and are an important step in its implementation. The guidelines and supporting material have been prepared in cooperation with Tartu 2024 Foundation, the city of Tartu, and Acento, a consultation company for sustainable events.
All materials are available on the websites of Tartu 2024 and the city of Tartu.
Guidelines have been updated 13.05.2022.

The guidelines here.

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