The Royal Docks venue is committed to being a sustainability leader within the events industry and has now been awarded certification to PAS 2060, the only internationally recognised standard for carbon neutrality.
The achievement signifies a key milestone in the venue’s wider sustainability goals, in line with those of its owners Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). ExCeL has already signed up to the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge, committing the venue to a 50% emissions reduction by 2030, and to become fully net zero by 2050.
Amongst ExCeL’s benchmark sustainability practices include using 100% renewable electricity, offsetting any remaining emissions for gas, fuel, waste, water and employee commuting, and the installation of water fountains that save 200,000 plastic bottles every year. It has also operated a zero-waste-to-landfill policy for over a decade, houses the UK’s largest commercial wormery to create compost from food waste, and has recently earned the ‘Triple Crown of Sustainability’ award. Last month, ExCeL also offset all travel emissions from those attending The Meetings Show.
The announcement was made live on stage during ‘Change Accelerated Live’ part of Formula E – the all-electric net zero motorsport series – which ExCeL hosts.
ExCeL received its carbon neutral accreditation from leading sustainability organisation Carbon Saver, who have certified the likes of the NHS, Walt Disney and the UK Government, and who mandate any emissions reductions via credible high-quality off-sets.
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