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First decade as London’s most sustainable venue

Stuart Spear19/04/2018 - 11:41

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Reception area at 15Hatfields
Reception area at 15Hatfields

CIEH is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of its sustainable events venue 15Hatfields by each week releasing interesting facts about its history in the run up to 10 May.

CIEH first commissioned 15Hatfields to be London’s most sustainable venue in 2008, boasting bamboo computer monitors, cushions made from old seat belts and a coffee bar made from recycled washing up bottles.

The opening followed a 15-month project to turn the CIEH ground floor meeting rooms at the London headquarters into a testimony to sustainability. Builders were encouraged to recycle demolition materials with spoil from the site collected and re-used on local projects by charities.

CIEH chief executive Anne Godfrey said: ‘I am delighted to wish 15Hatfields a very happy birthday and am incredibly proud of our venue’s achievement in the last 10 years.

‘15Hatfields has consistently set the bar higher for environmentally friendly and sustainable practices and is now playing a leading role in promoting positive change in our capital.’

At the time of opening there was no UK supplier of 100 per cent recycled good quality glass ware forcing 15Hatfield to source its glass from Spain, ensuring delivery was in bulk and infrequent to offset carbon costs.

Since then 15Hatfields has become the first venue in the UK to be certified under the NQA Sustainable Development Management Scheme.

In 2012 the venue received a Food Legacy Award for its long-term commitment to sustainable foods. The catering team ended its use of tuna at this time switching to sustainably fished mackerel caught in British waters.

Mozzo coffee is served to guests, a supplier that trades fairly and sustainably with coffee growers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, via their Community2Community fund. 

The venue works with the New Zealand wine supplier Yealands, whose sustainable initiatives include using natural pest control measures in their vineyards and a commitment to emission reductions. 

Electricity is certified as 100 per cent from renewable sources while in 2013 the National Conference Awards highly commended the venue for ‘Best Sustainable Initiative’ for its Save our Bees campaign that involved giving away more than 2 million wildflower seeds.

Over the last decade, 15Hatfields has played host to some high-profile organisations and events, including WRAP’s Carrier Bag Forum in 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2010, the launch of the Green Investment Bank in 2013, and the WWF in 2017.

The venue works with the New Zealand wine supplier Yealands, whose sustainable initiatives include using natural pest control measures in their vineyards and a commitment to emission reductions. 

 More recently 15Hatfields became a leading supporter of the One Less and Refill London campaigns, aimed at significantly reducing the number of plastic bottles consumed in the capital. 

 

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