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The Barbican switches to 100 per cent renewable electricity

The Barbican conference and arts venue has switched to using 100 per cent renewable electricity.

The Barbican centre, in the city of London, is one of the world’s leading conference and international arts venues, capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates.

The switch, which took place in the last quarter of 2018, was part of a wider City of London Corporation initiative to improve sustainability across the Square Mile.

Earlier this year the Barbican was crowned “Most Sustainable Venue” at the London Summer Events Show which recognised the centre’s ambitious sustainability targets.

The Barbican’s head of event management, Lee Dobson, said: “The Barbican has been a strong proponent and supporter of all things sustainable for many years.

“We have won many awards over the years for our activity in this area and are delighted to have again been recognised for the environmental measures we are implementing.”

More than 1.1 million people attend events at the Barbican annually, with hundreds of artists and performers featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite.

This follows an increase in solar panels on City Corporation buildings and investments in installations such as wind or solar farms to achieve a 100 percent renewable electricity policy and sourcing strategy.

The City Corporation generates renewable electricity at a number of its sites including the Parliament Hill Lido, on Hampstead Heath, and The Warren, Epping Forest.

Members of the Barbican team were involved throughout the procurement and planning process to ensure sustainability sat at the heart of the process.

The venue is targeting a 40 per cent reduction in energy usage by 2025, compared to 2008, with zero waste going to landfill and extensive efforts to reduce single-use plastics from the venue.

Dobson added: “The Barbican will continue to strive for excellence when it comes to all areas of sustainability.

“As a leading arts and conference venue we sit at the heart of the community, providing a major facility where people can gather, share ideas and above all develop a legacy for the future.

“This legacy is a core part of our ethos, particularly those elements focused on the environment and community.”