EVENT SUSTAINABILITY

PRI in Person 2015: London 

We acknowledge that our annual event, PRI in Person, has the potential to impact the environment and that we have a duty to proactively manage this impact. We commit to doing so by identifying significant environmental impacts and putting processes in place to prevent, reduce and/or mitigate them in a practical manner.

We want to ensure we are achieving a measurable level of success in implementing a sustainable event and commit to regularly reviewing our progress.

The PRI is proud to have achieved certification to the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Standard.

Sustainability, seasonality, humane farming and locally sourced ingredients are key factors the PRI considers when appointing caterers for our largest events. We strive to ensure that the dinners, lunches, receptions and refreshment breaks we provide reflect the PRI’s commitment to environmental and social sustainability.

See a case study of the catering we provided at our largest event yet, PRI in Person 2015 in London, below:

WHAT DID WE DO?

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VENUE

  • We chose a venue that is certified ISO 20121 (International Standard for Sustainable Events).
  • Options for recycling were positioned throughout the venue and attendees were encouraged to use them.
  • ICC, ExCeL provided us with a waste report post-event that is available here.
  • We discouraged attendees from driving to the event; ICC ExCeL London is well-served by public transport.
  • View ExCeL London's own sustainability policy.

CONFERENCE

  • PRI in Person 2015 went paper-free: there were no paper delegate packs and exhibitors were discouraged from providing paper handouts.
  • We offered carbon credits to offset delegates’ transportation to and from the conference venue and encouraged all delegates whose organisations do not already carbon-offset their travel to take advantage of this option (kindly sponsored by Ownership Capital and South Pole Carbon).
  • All our event suppliers were required to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by providing us with their sustainability policy before being engaged to work on the event.
  • Through our ISO 14001 certification, we identified and maintained an environmental impacts/aspects register for the event.
  • We used reusable or recyclable banners, carpets and furniture.
  • The lanyards, badge-holders and bags provided to delegates were sourced from recycled, sustainable materials.
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CATERING

  • Catering was provided by local suppliers, with a focus on local, sustainable, seasonal produce.
  • We provided fully vegetarian catering at the lunches, as well as a vegetarian canapé offering during the Welcome Reception: the carbon footprint associated with the production of meat, especially beef and lamb, is significantly higher than that associated with non-meat agricultural products.
  • We used no single-use, plastic water bottles, instead using filtered tap water in reusable glass jugs.
  • No disposable plates or cups were be used by our caterers during any of the refreshments, meals or evening events.