Raccoon Events, the company behind shows such as The National Running Show, The National Cycling Show, The National Outdoor Expo, and The National Snow Show, has announced it will remove aisle carpets from all future events.
This is the first of many initiatives from Raccoon Events as they strive to become net-zero by 2025, announced by CEO Mike Seaman at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2021. Seaman commented: “When I announced our ambitious target at COP26, we were still in the process of having our carbon footprint measured. This is an in-depth analysis of all areas of our business to identify where we can make carbon reductions, and I’m thrilled to see we could save over 15,100kg CO2-e just by removing aisle carpets from our shows!”
„We could save over 15,100kg CO2-e by removing aisle carpets from our shows. “
Although carpets can be recycled, the process is not simple and the carpet industry still produces significant carbon emissions. Raccoon's CEO explained: “We initially looked at recycling, but from manufacturing to installing and removing the carpet and then transporting it from venue to venue, it still added up to a significant footprint. So in the end, we decided to get rid of them completely. Of course, we’re looking to our venue partners to come up with a sustainable yet comfortable alternative to make sure our visitors still have a great experience,” he added, “we’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with but in the meantime we will be pushing forward to remove all aisle carpets at our shows.”
To measure its carbon footprint, Raccoon Events partnered with ecollective, a carbon emissions analysis firm. Raccoon Events set up a Sustainability Working Group to work with suppliers and exhibitors to reduce their carbon footprint. Event carpeting was one of the first areas they focused on.raccoonevents.com/news/raccoon-events-ditches-aisle-carpets-in-net-zero-pledge