Incisive Media, CRN and Computing are committed to the journey in becoming more sustainable. By using the guidelines set out by the Sustainable Event Alliance, we aim to meet the International Standard ISO 20121. The goal is to reduce paper consumption across events and improve recycling rates, curb food waste and alter menus with an aim to include locally sourced, organic produce. We have also committed to deliver carbon offsetting at events wherever possible and provide delegates with accessible venues.
We will be closely evaluating each event and considering how we can improve in the following areas; energy, transport, water usage, recycling, economic and local environment/community.
Incisive Media have partnered with Ecosphere+ to ensure all our remaining greenhouse gas emissions are offset. Working with Ecosphere+, we calculate the emissions from all our events, including those from event operations, venues and delegates. We then purchase the equivalent number of carbon offset credits to counter-act our activities. These credits are supporting the protection of vital rainforest in Peru, by funding conservation work and creating sustainable sources of income for locals to minimise incentives for deforestation.
For further information about the project please visit ecosphere.plus/cordillera-azul-2
We reduce the lights, power and HVAC during set-ups, de-rigs and when rooms are not in use. Our staff go around the venue to ensure this is done and report daily on it. The lights and HV AC are also adjusted on a day-by day basis, depending on the season, type of events and amount of guests per room.
Most of our light fixtures have been adapted to use LED lamps or low-energy lamps.
We enforce a "no idling" zone in our Loading Bay and have appropriate signage to remind drivers to turn off their engines.
We have installed electric hand dryers in most of our public washrooms and are finalising the installation of the last one this year.
Our energy is sourced from renewable sources. We have replaced a lot of our light fittings with LED fittings and motion sensors, this will continue as we upgrade areas.
Our toilet cisterns have either low-flow or dual flush systems installed and the urinals have sensors installed.
We save water by installing automatic taps in the newly refurbished washrooms.
We offer drinking still and sparkling water in large containers or glass bottles filled in from our tap water filter system.
We have water meters installed and can provide data on building water use if requested.
We do not send any waste to landfill as waste that cannot be recycled is taken by waste carrier and converted into energy.
We recycle glass, tins, plastic, cardboard, paper, food waste, cooking oil, electronic waste, hazardous waste and toner cartridges.
Staff are trained to separate waste at source and to recycle and reuse when possible.
We donate surplus items left over from events to charities and local primary schools or reuse them in-house if appropriate: ie, notepads, pens.
Single Use Plastics
We have moved away from many single use plastic items and we now offer a fully compostable range of disposable ware for events and also in our staff canteen. This includes straws, water cups, coffee cups and lids, food boxes, napkins and cutlery.
We also ask of clients that, should they want to use confetti in their events, this is biodegradable.
There are items of single use plastic that, sadly, do not have a suitable alternative in non-plastic materials, ie cable ties, but we will work with suppliers to move away from these and other items as soon as alternatives become available.
Other Practices and Policies
Every year, we partner with different charities either by fundraising or having staff to volunteer with them.
We have been receiving a Gold Award Certificate for Clean City Awards from City of London for the last 4 years. This Scheme has promoted and rewarded best practice in waste management by City of London businesses with regards to duty of care, separation of waste, increasing recycling rates, waste reduction and reuse initiatives.
We also provide facilities and services that meet accessible requirements and labour practices that guarantee fair and equitable treatment of staff in a safe work environment.
We have bike racks in our courtyard and encourage our staff to bike to work.
We have achieved a "Sustainable Events Management Systems" accreditation standard: ISO20121:2012 in 2013 and have been recertified in 2016 and 2019.
Our chefs order food in a very efficient way from suppliers to ensure there is very little waste at the end of the event.
Our breakfast tea is "Rainforest Alliance" certified and our herbal teas come from the Brew Tea Co. which are a Certified B Corporation, a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Their bags are also 100% plastic-free and compostable. We are liaising with our suppliers to ensure more of our food produce is sustainable.