Everywhere you look everything’s ‘going green’. And for good reason. Consulting firm McKinsey, recently reported that sustainability is now a top strategic priority for almost 50% of CEOs due to its reputation enhancing abilities and alignment with company values or goals. So it’s no wonder that sustainability is increasingly a big buzz in the events market. But how can event managers stay within budget and still be sustainable? Active Air Rentals director Brad Sweeny explains five ways to make your event power and air conditioning more sustainable without blowing your budget.
‘Firstly, engage your suppliers from the outset. By doing this you ensure sustainability is built into the entire plan and costly rework is avoided. Site layouts, types of structures and equipment loads have a major impact on how sustainable your event power and air conditioning can be. By working in collaboration from the beginning you ensure the optimal, most efficient and sustainable use of equipment.
Secondly, power is a major sustainability factor. So there are two key things to keep in mind – mains power and biodiesel.
Thirdly, focus on power distribution – this is how power is distributed from central points like mains or generators to end equipment, such as air conditioners, audio/visual equipment, power boards for plugs etc. Simple changes to how power is distributed across an event site can have a large impact on an event’s sustainability. Your supplier will be able to specify the most sustainable power distribution options that ensure optimal power with minimal environmental impact.
Fourthly, ensure a more sustainable event by optimising your air conditioner use. There are four areas to think about – environment (structure and location), scheduling, capacity and ducting.
Finally, find a supplier who knows what they’re doing.’ Explains Brad. ‘Anyone can just drop off generators and air conditioners, but very few can design the power and air conditioning so it’s not only efficient but is also sustainable and costs you the same or even less.’
Active Air Rentals is Australia’s leading sustainable temporary power and air conditioning rental company. Some of our biggest event clients include The Australian Open, Masterchef, Taste Of Sydney, Taste Of Melbourne and more.
Founded in 1972 by Managing Director, Jim Sweeny, Active Air Rentals has grown from humble beginnings as air conditioner installers and sheet metal manufacturers, to an all round national cooling, heating and power rental company.
Today we are a multi-faceted business with four branches, two distribution centres and employing over forty permanent staff across Australia.
Active Air Rentals is renowned for providing outstanding service, excellent customer relationships and addressing difficult, unusual or specialised projects.
Active Air Rentals has over 40 years experience installing temporary air conditioning into every conceivable location. From crane towers to coal mines, from war ships to entire inner city villages, from emergency civil defence camps to enormous events such as the Australian Open and thousands of offices and server rooms along the way. Connect with us, www.activeair.com.au, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook