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MPI upgrades sustainable event measurement tool

New features help meeting professionals address green initiatives


May 22, 2012
by Purchasingb2b Staff

Dallas, TX: Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has upgraded its sustainable event measurement tool (SEMT) now residing on the evolution Platform. The enhanced functionality of SEMT 2.0 will help meetings and events professionals save money, reduce resources and elevate their sustainability credentials, the company said. The tool provides measurement capabilities that allow planners and suppliers to track—and take steps to reduce—their environmental impact. It also addresses the hospitality industry’s demands for a common disclosure platform and aligned reporting.

“SEMT 2.0 is the painkiller for sustainability headaches,” says Bruce MacMillan, MPI president and CEO. “We’ve developed something that’s never been done before, a rigorous measurement and management tool that is smart, flexible and adaptable for the meeting and event industry.”

The overhauled tool, developed by the Triple Bottom Line Alliance, enables planners and suppliers to tailor the system to their requirements and scale, said MPI. For planners, the free tool is a roadmap to organizing a sustainable meeting. Post-event data tracking capabilities support audit and compliance, allowing user groups to network and learn from each other in an online learning suite.

For suppliers, SEMT 2.0 is an environmental data management tool. The tool is free for MPI planners, while non-members and MPI suppliers have complimentary access to the tool until October 31. Among the enhancements in SEMT 2.0, users will have access to a comprehensive set of CO2 databases totaling 150 countries. The tool will adopt the methodology approved and delivered by the International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council Carbon Measurement Working Group.