London venue BMA House has announced the statistics for its reduced delegate carbon footprint and water usage.
Using Green Tourism measured BMA’s delegate carbon footprint, which showed a reduction of 69% over the last four years. Additionally, it also showed a reduction in its water usage by 5.4m litres per year.
The measures taken to achieve these figures included:
• February 2016, BMA House achieved a zero-to-landfill status. This means that all waste produced was recycled or recovered.
• January 2019, BMA House recycled 46,760kg of waste and saved 140 trees.
• March 2019, staff introduced a crisp packet recycling scheme, where empty packets were taken to a TerraCycle location and processed into plastic pellets to make new recycled products.
• Upgraded PIR and LED based lighting around the building to reduce energy usage.
• Created digital signage to reduce the need for paper signs and wastage.
• Water saving devices on toilets instead of standard flushes to decrease wastewater.
• Sustainable and locally sourced food ingredients. • In-house caterers which supports fair trade tea and coffee growers.
• The removal of all plastic takeaways cutlery and take away straws from food and outlets, with the introduction of ‘keep cups’ with a staff incentive to reuse them.
• On-site cycle racks for those travelling by bike and a partnership with Cross River Partnership to promote a ‘clean air walking route’.
Kat Winfield, Venue Manager, BMA House, said: “We are placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do here at BMA House. We believe it is the right thing to do, despite the challenges presented by a Grade II listed building dating back to 1911.
“Our success is down to hard work and commitment to support sustainable initiatives in every possible way. However, the most important factor in our success is that our team has taken these initiatives on board, undertaken training to be fully aware of what we are doing and wherever possible are encouraged to share our sustainability story with clients.
“The result is a list of incredible achievements and most recently a decision to sign up, via London & Partners, to the ‘Mayor’s 3 Commitments for Hospitality and Sustainability’ which aim for a zero carbon London by 2050, zero waste commitment, and best practice guidance for individuals.”