SEC Ltd (SEC) is aware of the potential impact that the events staged at the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) can have on the environment. It is committed to further growth and development of its exhibition, conference and events business and intends to pursue this objective whilst operating the venue in an environmentally sustainable way wherever possible. To formalise this commitment, the following policy statement has been produced.
SEC recognises its responsibilities in promoting best practice among staff, clients, contractors and suppliers. We shall therefore collaborate with business partners as well as government agencies and industry affiliations to develop and adopt more environmentally friendly policies.
As a minimum, SEC will comply, whilst aiming to surpass, the relevant legal requirements with the objective of gaining formal accreditation. This will be achieved in a number of ways, by:-
- minimising energy wastage and by becoming more energy efficient
- using electricity generated only by renewable sources
- reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill
- maintaining plant and machinery to ensure they are running at maximum efficiency
- replacing old plant with more efficient types as soon as possible
- introducing recycling wherever possible
- using environmentally friendly or fully biodegradable materials for cleaning
- reducing the use of paper and using recycled paper for all office requirements and promotional materials
- making use of technology to reduce waste and improve efficiencies
- educating staff, contractors and clients to heighten environmental awareness and personal responsibilities
- creating a database of preferred suppliers who maintain a strong environmental policy
- review emerging technologies to see how further improvements can be made
- work with the Carbon Trust to assess and reduce SECC's carbon footprint
- in association with the local authority and transport providers, develop a green transport policy and encourage the public to use public transport when visiting SECC
- setting up a "Cycle To Work Scheme" allowing staff to buy a cycle and related safety equipment at a reduced cost
- specifying that all timber used by SEC comes from sustained or managed forests
- the introduction of water saving measures in all the washrooms in the Centre
- encourage other partner organisations such as hoteliers and restaurateurs to adopt similar policies and project Glasgow as an environmentally friendly business destination
- continually reviewing our performance.
SEC also supports, "Trees for Life", the conservation charity dedicated to the restoration and regeneration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. For every major conference staged at the Centre, SEC will sponsor the planting of an acre of native trees, for smaller events, a grove of eight trees will be sponsored. The objective is to link up several fragments of the Caledonian Forest and re-establish a forest corridor from Glen Moriston to Glen Affric in the north, creating a continuous stretch of native woodland.
Trees for Life
Wildlife at the SECC
View our Green Policies document here...