Reducing your event's carbon footprint
Leaving a carbon footprint is unavoidable – the energy we use to run ACC Liverpool, the fuel our delivery lorries use and even the fuel involved in getting our delegates and speakers to conferences takes its toll on the environment, which is why we’re doing as much as possible to reduce its impact.
ACC Liverpool is in the process of undergoing a Greenhouse Gas Audit, so that we can continue to reduce our energy emissions and invest in carbon neutral schemes to offset the impact of running events here.
And that’s on top of the work we’ve already done – we have a series of green measures in place to reduce the environmental impact of running ACC Liverpool.
We’re in the heart of the city and well served by public transport options in Liverpool. Bus and train maps and timetables are available from the Visitor Services desk and staff are emailed regular updates to encourage them to use public transport.
Catering at ACC Liverpool is designed to be as environmentally aware as possible. Our caterer Heathcotes Outside was one of the first businesses in the region to base its menu around local, seasonal produce and has introduced a raft of green policies since, including reducing the number of deliveries they make each week, and minimising the amount of packaging that’s used on food sold in the Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre.
Our cleaning partner ISS has worked hard to make its services more environmentally friendly; it now uses chlorine-free cleaning products and has won a Green Apple award for its services.
We also have a no paper policy for our direct mail campaigns – all communications with our database are done via email, and we have a recycling programme both within the public areas of the venue and in the behind-the-scenes office spaces too, including paper recycling and rubbish sorting.
The design of the venue is inherently energy efficient – the twin-layer roof design of the Galleria means that it stays warm in winter and cool in summer, reducing energy output. Our lights are low energy and controlled by motion sensors, so we’re not lighting empty rooms, and we don’t heat parts of the building that people don’t stay in either. We harvest rainwater on the roof, which is used to flush the toilets.
Ultimately, using less energy and making fewer delivery trips saves you money, making your conference events better value for money.
It’s an ongoing process. Our Environmental Task Force was created to look at ways of making ACC Liverpool a greener and more sustainable business. We’re already one of the greenest venues in Europe but we’re not resting on our laurels – we’re constantly looking for innovations and improvements to make sure we stay that way.