THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 2021
The Barbican is a world leading conference and international arts venues. Located in the City of London, it is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in its fully equipped concert hall, theatres, conference suites and boardrooms.
The Barbican recognises the impact that our operations and activities can have on not just the environment but also people and we are committed to reducing these impacts by setting and achieving clearly defined objectives and targets to achieve continual improvement.
Due to the nature and scale of the Barbican we recognise that we have a leadership role to play in both the meetings and arts sectors and are therefore develop our systems with the ambition of being recognised as exemplars of best practice in CSR.
The Barbican has an opportunity to demonstrate best practice to millions visiting the centre every year, whether it is for the arts or conferences. We see it as our duty to demonstrate best practice when it comes to sustainability and the environment. Our work is ongoing and all encompassing, allowing us to continually demonstrate success.
Events@No6 is the home of, and was purpose built by the Royal College of Pathologist. The building itself was designed by Bennetts Associates, the first and only architectural practice in the world to have approved science-based targets and can be carbon neutral via the United Nations Climate Neutral Now framework.
Day to day, and with the support of our in-house caterers, Vacherin, we also focus on reducing negative effects on the planet, ethical provenance and a positive impact on people, both internally and externally to the immediate business. We are guided by provenance, people and the planet.
How ExCeL London strives to create a meaningful and inspiring legacy through upholding the values of our community, our industry and by tackling the climate crisis in meaningful and goal-driven ways. In this award submission, we’ll outline the four key areas of our CSR strategy – reducing waste, increasing energy efficiency, delivering more sustainable food choices, and supporting our local community – and how we have continued our efforts to have a positive impact on the community we live in and the wider world.
This award submission also touches on our initiatives around minimising single-use plastic waste and reducing our carbon emissions through switching to renewable energy, building a living wall at our venue, and actively addressing food and venue waste. Furthermore, we will outline our charity partners and how we continued to support them throughout their most challenging year.
Royal College of Physicians
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is over 500 years old and currently in its fifth home since 1965. This iconic grade 1 listed modern building overlooking Regent’s Park houses an award-winning conference and events centre and offers highly versatile facilities, including tiered auditoriums, conference, meeting, exhibition and dining spaces as well as a medicinal garden and a museum.
The challenges of operating in a grade 1 listed building within a 500 year old organisation will resonate with similar venues. Yet we are the first and only royal college to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard and we also hold ISO 14001 standard certification for environmental best practice.
Sustainability is a key part of the RCP’s everyday operations across all areas of the business including catering, waste management, energy and with the suppliers and service partners we work with. We are really proud to have reduced our total carbon footprint by 30% over the past three years, which is a testament to our commitment. Over the past two years, we have saved 122 trees and 16 tonnes of CO2, and recycled 3,525kg of paper, 400kg of glass and 2,000kg of junk removal.
The Kia Oval
Sustainability is at the heart of every aspect of The Kia Oval – a venue with a strong ethos of environmental consciousness and responsibility.
In every decision made, from the bottom up, the ground is proud to be playing its part in reducing the capital’s carbon footprint, helping to educate event attendees and highlighting the behaviours needed to help reduce the ground’s environmental impact.