The NEC - winner of the 2013 AEO Sustainability Award - has frozen waste management charges for clients for the second successive year.
Having achieved its “zero waste to landfill” target two years ahead of schedule in September 2012, the NEC’s green credentials have improved year on year, most recently with the achievement of the well-respected and sought-after accreditation BS EN ISO 14001.
The venue’s recycling rate has also increased annually since 2009, and in 2013, 60% of the NEC’s waste was segregated on site and prepared for delivery to a network of local suppliers. The remainder was sorted away from the NEC site, with 10% diverted to energy, generating electricity for homes in the midlands area.
“Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility and it’s at the heart of all we do,” says Brian Pell, the NEC’s Operations Director.
“We monitor the environmental impact of all our operations and we undertake key projects to make our venue more environmentally responsible, and now, thanks to the progress we’ve made over the last few years, we can continue to freeze our tonnage rates as well as our skip hire charges.
“While that’s great news for our clients and their associated contractors, it’s also testament to the efforts of Team NEC and our commitment to being the venue of choice.”
According to the AEO, the NEC is the organisation “deemed to be making the greatest strides to operate in a sustainable manner”. Highlights include the introduction of sophisticated lighting and heating technology into management programmes to reduce energy consumption; intense analysis and identification of waste streams across the venue; water management systems in washrooms and the introduction of Smart Meters.
Crucially, the NEC’s Waste Pre-Treatment Centre is now part of day to day operations and integral to the sustainable success of the business. Its cost-effectiveness now goes beyond benefits to the site alone and generates significant re-investment into equipment and processes which will contribute to overall increased efficiency.