EICC partners with RSPB peatland restoration project

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Seonaid Mason of RSPB, Marshall Dallas & Aaron McKeen of the EICC Seonaid Mason of RSPB, Marshall Dallas & Aaron McKeen of the EICC Photo Credit: by Stewart Attwood)

The Edinburgh International Convention Centre announced a five-year partnership with RSPB Scotland to restore the nation’s peatlands. 

EICC sustainability programme manager, Aaron McKeen said the partnership was in no way an attempt to greenwash or carbon offset the venue’s emission, but instead, directly contribute to the essential restoration of peatlands. 

The partnership will see £1 for every conference delegate, and 50p for every dinner guest attendee go to RSPB Scotland. The EICC hopes that the initiative could contribute in the region of £300,000 during its first five years.

Peatlands act as a natural carbon sequester but have been continutally destroyed for fuel and to make was for farming. 

EICC CEO Marshall Dallas, said: “The climate crisis is something every organisation and business leader needs to address, and working towards the highest standards of sustainability in the industry is something we have been working hard on for the last few years.  It matters deeply to us, to our clients who choose to bring their conferences and events to Edinburgh, and to the attendees of those events.”

More than 20 per cent of Scotland is covered by peat, a large proportion of the country’s water filters through the peatlands, and they hold most of Scotland’s carbon store.  At the same time, it is estimated that around 80 per cent of the peatlands are in a degraded state.

RSPB Scotland director Anne McCall, said: “While the majority of peatlands are located in the Highlands and Islands, people are often surprised at the close proximity of some peatland locations to our cities and towns.  Peatlands provide a unique habitat for wildlife and play an essential role in farming, crofting, and tourism.  The partnership with the EICC is an important one in many ways, and we thank them for their commitment to support the restoration push over the years ahead.”

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A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.

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