At Jigsaw Conferences, we put sustainability first. If you're thinking of running an event, why not access our incredible network of leading sustainable venues to ensure it's as sustainable as it is impressive?
If, like us, you value the world around you and are able to recognise the impact humans are having on our planet, it can be refreshing to know that sustainable venues are starting to become more prevalent throughout the UK. Each venue has been independently audited to ISO 20121, today's industry standard. This is a world-renowned certificate and is recognised in the global events industry. London now has an impressive 122 venues, hotels and conference centres that are part of the Green Tourism Scheme.
As the years pass by, more and more pressure is being placed upon companies and business owners to be wary of their carbon footprint, with positive change influencing many people to drastically reduce their emissions and just generally be more caring towards the environment. Paperless offices, natural ventilation, eco-friendly lighting and favouring a local supply chain are popular methods in becoming more environmentally aware. If you want to know exactly how green your venue of choice is, just ask to see its Display Energy Certificate rating.
This is something a lot of us don't think about, but one of the largest contributors to an event's carbon footprint is delegate travel.
Ask people to use public transport as much as possible if it is available. For example, a journey on the international Eurostar emits up to 80% less carbon than a short-distance flight. Still speedy and reliable, the Eurostar is a no-brainer when it comes to green travel. There are also hydrogen and electric-powered buses they can use once arriving in London.
Thanks to its Green Enterprise Districts, the UK leads the way in the global race for low-carbon energy, and it doesn't stop there. The introduction of the Green Fund has shifted some of the focus onto bolstering our low-carbon economy by offering financial incentives to eco-friendly businesses while aiming to reduce carbon emissions on a much wider scale.
To ensure the sustainability of your event, some meticulous planning may be required. Be sure to take into account the expected numbers, the duration and space needed, and any last-minute changes or extensions. All of this will affect the sustainability of your event.
Here are a few tips from us to get you going: