The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has pledged to become net zero by 2030, joining its home city of Glasgow, which is already taking measures to achieve the same target.
The SEC’s strategy to reach net-zero centres around five key goals: climate, governance, partnership, people, and resource, each providing the focus for the work that lies ahead. Central to achieving the goal is the development of an energy strategy that will transition the venue to net zero. Actions around water efficiency, green travel, supply chain engagement and waste management are also being implemented.
Following on from hosting the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November last year, in which the event venue co-founded and committed to the NetZeroCarbon Events pledge, the SEC has already made substantial changes to reduce its carbon footprint.
Measures include ensuring 100 per cent of the venue’s electricity comes from renewable sources and the implementation of a food strategy that sees a minimum of 80 per cent of all ingredients used at the SEC, sourced in Scotland.
For the past 15 years, the SEC has also contributed to Trees for Life supporting the growth of 170,000 trees in the Caledonian Forest, and in 2019 a dedicated environment and waste manager was recruited to fulfil the venue’s aim to be more sustainable.
Peter Duthie, chief executive of the SEC, said: “More than ever we are focused on the impact our business has on the planet. As the proud host venue of COP26, we are fully committed to becoming net-zero by 2030, and to take a central role in supporting Glasgow’s ambitious targets. We recognise how significant a challenge this is, but we are determined to reach this goal. We have the vision and an excellent team, deep in planning mode, to get us there.”
The SEC is also working towards a Greener Festival’s Greener Arena certification, a global initiative aimed at helping events, festivals and venues become more sustainable and reduce their impact on the environment.
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.