THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FOR VENUES – OVER 400 ATTENDEES RECEPTION STYLE
As a Grade II listed venue, we take great pride in our rich heritage. We also take great pride in ensuring our operations and building provide positive benefit for our community.
We have taken extensive sustainability measures to ensure we will reach Net Zero 2030, including offering sustainable menu choices and installing smart energy systems in our building. We have taken the following measures so far, and will continue to invest in our sustainability programme to go above and beyond what is required.
• 100% renewable electricity
• 0% Waste to Landfill
• Temperature consumption reduction of 66% due to cork insulation
• 80% reduction in water consumption due to waterless urinals
• Planet Mark certified cleaning.
Since opening our doors, ExCeL London has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s leading event venues.
Yet this success is not just down to providing world-class facilities, our owners, staff, event organisers, exhibitors and visitors all value our wider purpose and dedication to sustainability.
More importantly, our aim is to use our platform – and the four million people who grace our venue every year – to inform and inspire others to play their part in tackling the climate emergency.
As well as supporting five local charity partners, we are immensely proud of our achievements to date, most notably being certified carbon neutral – the first UK venue to achieve the internationally recognised PAS 2060 status.
We also use 100% renewable electricity, send zero waste to landfill (and have done for more than 10 years), earned the ‘Triple Crown of Sustainability’ and even house one of the UK’s largest wormeries. We have also signed up to the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge, committing us to a 50% emissions reduction by 2030.
Our vision is to be a sustainability leader within our industry by shaping the future of events into one that is net zero, resource efficient and equitable.
Natural History Museum
Sustainability sits at the heart of the NHM’s values. With over 350 scientists and countless visiting scientists and partnerships, the Museum’s teams are working meticulously to research and find solutions to the planetary emergencies we are facing on Earth. As the most visited London attraction in 2021 and 2022, the Museum is also using its’ global reach to inspire and create advocates for the planet.
The NHM is proud to hold an ISO14001:2015 accreditation and is targeting to achieve net zero by 2035. The sustainable values and missions of the Museum are wholeheartedly reflected in the approach of all venue hire events, having implemented a series of policies and initiatives throughout, to maximise sustainable practice.
Sustainable practice and consideration of environmental impact played a significant consideration in the 2022 NHM venue hire supplier accreditation application process. The Museum is leading the way as one of the first venues in London to weight their tender process towards sustainability.
Researching and implementing sustainable strategies, whilst educating and creating advocates for the planet, sits at the heart of NHM’s mission. The venue hire team remains dedicated to hosting sustainable events, so generations to come can enjoy the same celebrations.
Olympia London holds sustainability at the heart of what it does. The events industry is on a vital journey to true sustainability and we recognise the importance of continually reviewing our ESG strategy and continue to produce annual reporting on our Grand Plan, the sustainability working group we set up in 2017.
Our 2022 report focused on three areas; community, environment and collaboration.
We benefitted the community through supporting Barons Court Project, a homeless charity, and Royal Trinity Hospice.
We helped the environment in significantly reducing food waste, partnering with Guardians of Grub and changing to selling aluminium water bottles and well as increased re-fill stations.
We collaborated with stakeholders, producing enhanced event sustainability reports to each of our event organisers to allow them to track and improve year on year. We also collaborated with internal staff, with all Olympia London people put through Grand Plan and sustainability workshops to reinvigorate our workforce and focus on our group objectives.
The Kia Oval
This year The Kia Oval and Surrey County Cricket Club has confirmed our pledge to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030. This is an important and ambitious target to ensure that we can operate at the highest level possible. The Club has set an initial target of reducing total CO2e emissions by 45% by the end of 2024 with a focus on rapidly reducing the direct emissions that result from the Club and the running of The Kia Oval venue. This includes reducing electricity consumption, improving insulation operational processes at the venue, and increasing the quantity of recycling to name but a few areas of focus.
The O2 is the world’s most popular live entertainment, leisure and retail destination, and is visited by over 9 million people a year. A core part of our overarching business strategy is to reduce The O2’s environmental impact, to achieve net zero and manage a sustainable and responsible venue for fans, bands and brands.
From the procurement of green electricity and a state-of-the-art waste compound, to the implementation of digital ticketing and major reductions in single-use plastic at the venue, The O2 has been paving the way for greener arenas in the UK. Significant strides have also been undertaken by the venue relating to F&B, with the world-famous arena going fully vegan for six Billie Eilish show dates last summer, resulting in a carbon saving of 14,000kg and the permanent removal of the beef burger from our menus. All of this contributed to The O2 being the first arena in England to achieve its Greener Arena certification, awarded by A Greener Future.
Working towards real industry change, The O2 is in the process of developing a ‘Green Rider’ as a best-in-class guide to encourage artists and touring crews visiting the venue to make more sustainable choices.