Sustainable Events

Tel Aviv-Yafo CSP Challenge

Watch the Green Eurovision video to see how the some of the solutions Tel Aviv-Yafo took forward from the CSP workshop are having a direct impact on citizens’ and business’ attitudes to waste and food consumption.

Between 14th and 19th May 2019, Tel Aviv-Yafo hosted the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The City aimed to host the most sustainable and climate friendly Eurovision to date by using the event as a platform and example for future sustainable events. This vision is being supported by the national government of Israel and the organization behind the Eurovision, European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Through the City Solutions Platform, the City was especially interested in engaging solution providers that will enable them to host the event with a focus on zero waste and sustainable food. The City plan to incorporate the ideas generated during the CSP innovation process into a guideline for hosting sustainable events in the city. The City has created a “Green Label for Restaurants, Bars and Cafes” and in 2018 dozens of businesses were awarded the Green Label. Tel Aviv-Yafo is strongly committed to attain zero waste by 2030, which should be achieved through collaboration with businesses and entrepreneurs in the waste and circular economy sectors. By enabling collaboration across sectors, the City Solutions Platform empowers the City of Tel Aviv-Yafo to co-create climate solutions safely and effectively with different innovators whilst becoming a global thought-leader on sustainable events hosting.

Solutions co-created through the CSP innovation process will reduce Tel Aviv-Yafo’s carbon footprint for large public events and mitigate the City’s overall environmental impact. To achieve this, Tel Aviv-Yafo would like to utilize existing municipal venues and spaces to transform them into green spaces, which will function and demonstrate sustainable living. The project is in line with the objectives and planning of Tel Aviv-Yafo’s’ Urban Strategy and Resilience Plan, which aspire to enhance the City’s sustainability and mitigation policies.

City Solutions Platform Outcomes

CLICK HERE to see a summary video of the workshop.

The C40 City Solutions Platform workshop, held in “The Library” Tel Aviv on the 22nd – 23rd January, facilitated two days of co-creation activities to develop these solutions.

The workshop, convened by C40 and CLEAN working together with the Environmental Authority of Tel Aviv-Yafo, brought more than 50 local and international experts together for 2 intense days of co-creation activities. Participants were invited to a site visit on January 21st, to visualise how their solutions could be implemented in a planned tent village and the EuroVillage, which will host Eurovision concert screenings and side events such as EAT Tel Aviv food festival.

Participants included experts in the sustainable food and waste business sector, academics, NGOs, as well as senior figures of Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality. The workshop was generously facilitated by Arup and Legacy. On the final day, 5 pitches were delivered by 5 diverse groups, comprising concepts such as creating a ‘Green Guide to Eurovision’, a practical plan for waste separation at source and diverting it from landfill, training a sustainable cohort of event volunteers and creating a low carbon standard for food vendors. The City implemented a number of these solutions at Eurovision.

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