We have already highlighted the many ways in which you as an organiser can work to make your events more sustainable. In our latest newsletter we highlighted Hilton who have developed their Meeting Impact Calculator. This helps them to work out your meetings carbon, water and waste impact. A number of other brands are reducing their reliance on single use plastic and looking carefully at food miles (buying local).
Lime Venues Portfolio consists of a number of stadium, racecourses, venues and hotels around the UK. They represent over 80 venues and we cannot list them all. But here are just some that you may recognise: Newmarket Racecourse, Imperial War Museums in London, Manchester and Duxford, Kia Oval, Sandown Racecourse, Somerset House, Natural History Museum, Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium, Cheltenham Racecourse, Bristol Zoo, Hatfield House and Leeds Castle.
On the 3rd August Lime Venue Portfolio joined the global effort to reach Net Zero. They and their parent company, Compass Group UK&I have committed to the UN’s Race to Zero campaign. The group became the first in the industry to publish a Net Zero plan. The plan will help deliver its ambition to create a sustainable food system, and will be supported by Lime Venue Portfolio, amongst its meetings and events brands.
The company is launching a £1m investment fund to support the development of carbon reduction and sustainable food production initiatives. The team at Lime Venue Portfolio are working alongside their venues to take sustainable event food to the next level; as well as helping to create greener events.
Local and seasonal ingredients will be key.
By 2030 there will be a 40% switch towards plant-based proteins, with an interim target of at least 25% by 2025. They have also committed to ensuring that 70% of the top 5 food categories are to be sourced from regenerative agriculture by 2030. They will also increase the share of locally sourced foods that they use. It will also rework its supplier auditing process to include key environmental performance criteria, including energy and resources efficiency, renewable energy, waste management and green logistics.
The pandemic has given everyone in the events sector time to invest and really plan to embrace sustainability and we expect more and more chains and venues to continue to make strides towards making events more sustainable for all. If sustainability is important to your events we are perfectly positioned to help you find a venue that will help you achieve your goals.