"I want to make London one of the world's greenest cities. It will be a city in which the air is clean and where our fantastic green spaces become even better. I will also build a world-leading economy in low-carbon technologies and industries to ensure London becomes a beacon of sustainability."
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
When you care about the environment, it's good to know that the UK now has a wealth of sustainable event spaces. These venues have been independently audited, ISO 20121 is now standard. This sustainability certificate is recognised by the events industry around the world. London also has 122 hotels, venues and conference centres in the Green Tourism Scheme.
Venues are always looking for new ways to cut their carbon emissions and be more environmentally friendly. Many have put in place things like paperless offices, eco-friendly lighting, natural ventilation and using local suppliers. Other ideas include reducing food and drink packaging and planting trees. To learn how green a venue is, ask for its Display Energy Certificate rating.
Delegate travel is the biggest part of an event's carbon footprint. Thankfully, public transport system offers endless opportunities for greener travel. For starters, you can save on air miles and arrive in London on the high-speed rail network, Eurostar. A Eurostar journey emits 80% less carbon than a similar short-haul flight. With frequent services from Paris and Brussels, the journey takes just over two hours. From the station delegates can use our electric and hydrogen-powered buses, walk, cycle, or use the Tube and rail services.
With its Green Enterprise Districts, the UK is a world leader in low-carbon energy. The Green Fund is another scheme to boost our low-carbon economy. It offers financial incentives to eco-friendly businesses and works with business to reduce their carbon emissions.
Here are three fabulous sustainable venues that we regularly work with. In the last couple of years we have booked events for The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, RSA House and Friends House at these stand-out sustainable London venues.
For help with finding and booking a sustainable venue in London, or across the country, for your next event contact us. Our service is completely FREE and we can negotiate rates that are less than going to the venue direct.
Such are The Crystal's eco credentials, it has become London's venue of choice for sustainable-themed events such as the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards, The Annual Eco summit, and the Sustainable Events Summit. Created by Siemens, the building is home to the world's largest exhibition on sustainability, raising awareness for urbanisation, demographic and climate change.
It has achieved 'outstanding' BREEAM accreditation and 'platinum' LEED accreditation and has 70 per cent less CO2 emissions than comparable buildings in the UK. There are 14 meeting spaces to choose from, accommodating between two and 500 people, including a 270-seat auditorium. Each room is kitted out with the latest Siemens technology and has views of the surrounding Docklands.
The venue is easily accessed by the Docklands Light Railway or the Emirates Air Line cable car and is only a ten-minute drive from Canary Wharf and London City Airport.
15 Hatfields claims to be Central London's most sustainable venue, this contemporary and versatile conference and meeting room venue offers 7 flexible, functional and very stylish event spaces for up to 550 delegates in the heart of London. Boasting cutting edge facilities to high environmental specifications, 15 Hatfields has a strong sustainability policy, carries the Green Tourism Gold Award and a certification of the NQA Sustainable Development Management Scheme. With organic, locally sourced and fairly traded food provided by sustainable a sustainable catering firm, Eden Caterers, the venue has also implemented measures to help towards its zero waste to landfill initiative.
15 Hatfields is located just off London's Southbank, within easy walking distance of Waterloo, Southwark and Blackfriars stations.
If you're looking for a sustainable event venue and hotel, the award-winning Royal Lancaster is a great option. With 15 conference rooms they can cater for a variety of events, from small business meetings to large receptions for up to 3,000 people. Having recently completed an £80m renovation project, one thing that remains is their commitment to sustainable travel and environmental initiatives.
Lancaster London has many initiatives to minimise the impact they have on the environment, including weekly monitoring of the hotel's energy use and achieving zero landfill waste. One of the most interesting eco-friendly activities they run is a rooftop honey farm to support the urban bee population. The honey produced has been used by the chefs at their restaurants and also given to guests as gifts.
By accurately planning your event, taking into consideration expected numbers, length of days and number of rooms to ensure best fit and minimal use of additional venues or unnecessarily extending the length of the event will all help your event be as sustainable as possible. Here are a few tips to help you get started.