The Venues Collection to promote carbon labelling and sustainable venue packages at CHS Birmingham (Stand C39)

The Venues Collection will be promoting carbon labelling and their ‘Meetings for Change’ sustainable venue packages at CHS Birmingham on 1st November. The Collection was the first UK venue chain to introduce carbon labelling cross their entire portfolio in June 2022. The move was the most recent addition to their ‘Meetings for Change’ initiative – a five-point charter focusing on sustainable food options. The venues have also started their journey to become ‘Green Meetings’ accredited too.

Jo Austin, Sales Director, The Venues Collection said: “Since launching carbon labelling in the summer, we have seen a really positive response from our clients. They have loved experiencing first-hand the ownership and control that carbon labelling gives them; they have the facts they need to ensure that their events are as sustainable as possible. All of our work is focused on working in partnership with our clients – we do the heavy lifting and help them to make better informed decisions. Sustainability is a key focus across all of our venues, and we look forward to discussing our initiatives with the attendees at CHS Birmingham.”

The Venues Collection works with a third-party business that tracks global food sourcing and movement to create up to date carbon footprint information about ingredients of a dish. In the food industry climate labels are based on calculations of the emissions of greenhouse gases presented as kg carbon dioxide equivalents (kg CO2e). The calculations in turn are based on values assigned to each stage of the production of the food through life cycle assessments (LCAs). Some foods, such as a chickpea patty will have very low carbon emissions compared to meals such as spaghetti Bolognese; taking the middle ground would steer organisers to dishes such as poached cod.

Carbon labelling is part of The Venues Collection’s Meetings for Change initiative, which is a five-point charter focusing on sustainable food options. The venues already have ethically sourced tea and coffee served with Red Tractor Assured milk; buffet lunch, dinner and breakfast options that priorities British seasonal ingredients, minimal food waste and plant-forward options; hydration stations that use fruit and vegetable peelings to flavour the water to remove single-use plastics and reduce food waste. They also have a sustainable approach to the use of stationary, ‘take what you like, but only take what you need’.

The Venues Collection will be exhibiting at CHS Birmingham, taking place at the ICC on 1st November 2022. Visit them on stand C39.

The Venues Collection is part of Lime Venue Portfolio who are rolling out Carbon Labelling across all of their venues. The Collection is the residential venue business of Compass Group UK & Ireland and has seven event and training sites across the Southwest, Southeast, and East & West Midlands.

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