Sustainability at the Brighton Centre

Working hard to improve our carbon footprint.

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Sustainability & City Impact

The Brighton Centre is committed to being a sustainable venue and improving the impact that we, and the events that we host, have on our local environment and the planet. We are working hard behind the scenes to look into ways to improve our carbon footprint.

 There are many initiatives we have in place including:

  • Zero to Landfill waste
  • LED lighting throughout the venue
  • Water-saving systems in place in the toilets
  • Our energy is purchased from renewable sources
  • We use modern technology to reduce gas usage on our hot water and heating
  • Water fountains throughout the venue
  • Carpet floor tiles
  • Recycling bins throughout the venue

We encourage our clients to use local suppliers where possible, as this goes alongside our desire to host events as sustainable as possible to help protect our environment and the world around us.

Please see our supplier list here 

Alongside our efforts, our contracted caterers, Be Seasoned (formally Kudos) are looking further into our food offering onsite to ensure we are making available more vegan and local options.

They have the following initiatives in place:

  • No plastic straws onsite and no drinks sold in single use plastic bottles
  • We use wooden cutlery, palm leaf and cardboard food containers
  • Beef is off our menus and we operate 'meat free Mondays'
  • Our cooking oil is collected and recycled 
  • We recycle our food waste, which then produces a high-quality compost material and a bio gas which is used as a heat source
  • We have a bronze Food for Life certification from the Soil Association and are working towards renewing this for the next year and towards our Silver certification.
  • Our water supplier is Life Water UK. Through the sales of water at the venue, they have built two water wells in third world country villages. See details here: https://www.life-water.co.uk/
  • We work with local homeless charities including Fareshare, which we donate excess produce to avoid waste. 
‘Food for Life Served Here: We’ve been awarded!

We’re excited to let you know that our meals are accredited by the Soil Association’s “Food for Life Served Here” award. This award, from the UK’s leading food and farming charity, recognises our dedication to providing our visitors with catering that is freshly prepared onsite, made from sustainable ingredients and that promote good health. Each year we open our kitchen to the Soil Association’s inspection team who verify our commitment to using honest, local, seasonal produce. This means that the meat we serve can be traced back to the farm and meets or exceeds UK animal welfare standards. All our eggs are free range. What’s more, all ingredients used in our meals are free from additives, artificial trans-fats and will never be genetically modified. Many of the ingredients we use have been sourced locally, reducing the carbon footprint therefore environmental impact of your dining experience with us’.

We know that time is short and that we need to act fast but we also need to ensure any decisions or changes we make are the right ones, not only for us but also for our customers, clients and the environment. We will get there and welcome your co-operation.

 

City Impact and Legacy

As part of Brighton & Hove City Council and their commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030, we have a commitment to sustainability and to being a sustainable venue. So to help us on our way and guide us also, we have decided to commit to and are working towards 5 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: https://sdgs.un.org/goals

 The five we have chosen to work towards are:

2 - Zero Hunger

3 - Good Health and Wellbeing

11 – Sustainable Cites and Communities

12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

14 – Life Below Water

 

Brief summaries of all five, some initiatives and impacts are below:

No 2 Zero Hunger; we signpost our clients to Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen who offer cookery classes with top chefs, who give their time for free and all money made goes towards food which goes back to the vulnerable members of our community. A conference we hosted recently, rather than provide all delegates with wildflower seeds they donated £500 to the charity which went towards Stanmer Wellbeing Gardens – a community space where people can find sanctuary and nurture wellbeing through food growing, gardening ,education and nature connected activities 

No 3 Good Health and Wellbeing; our venue caterers are keen to keep to give our visitors healthy options to enable healthy choices to be made by all and to source locally produced food, to keep our local businesses in business and keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. We have introduced meat free Mondays and no longer offer beef in the venue.

There is always a quiet place for anyone to go to at our venue and we pride ourselves on being focused with regards to mental health being a top priority to ensure the wellbeing of all and as we offer full venue hire, offering safe, quiet spaces for delegates with sensory needs, mental health issues or anyone that just need some time out, comes as part of our hire rate, please ask for more details on appropriate spaces)

No 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities; As a council run venue, local government policy is at the heart of everything we do and ultimately as a commercially run venue we have a commitment to ensuring that all our conferences and exhibitions create a sustainable benefit to our city and community, therefore we continually look to signpost clients to various local business and suppliers, giving them the opportunity to give back.

No 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production; As a venue we are continually looking at ways we  can reduce over production and consumption. One of the ways we are doing this for example is by investing in digital signage for events and encouraging conference organisers to use this to reduce paper waste from events. We have an up-coming conference which is going completely paperless and utilising all of our new digital screens to feature all the conference information which delegates need to know on the each day.

No 14 – Life Below Water; located right on Brighton seafront this was the most obvious choice for us. Our venue staff volunteer for beach cleans twice yearly sifting out any plastic and other rubbish which otherwise may disappear into the sea. We signpost delegates to this activity which for one particular client is a regular undertaking when they are in the city; and what with the massive plight across the globe to try and keep our beautiful oceans clear of human rubbish, many more are showing interest in this venture.