Here at 99 City Road we recognise the importance of operating in a sustainable way. Responsible, sustainable practices are embedded into everything we do, so our clients can enjoy peace of mind when they choose us as their sustainable London conference venue.
In 2017 Inmarsat achieved a CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) score of B, demonstrating that we are managing our environmental impact well, and actively seeking ways to improve our performance in this area.
This is what we are doing to be environmentally friendly:
As a matter of course, we recycle a minimum of 90 percent of the waste we generate and we are always reviewing our processes to see if we can use more recycled products. In our 99 City Road head office 100 percent of our waste is diverted from landfill, with this policy having been in place since 2009. We are also working with our caterers, Elior UK, to reduce our impact on the environment, by, for example, ensuring used cooking oils are converted into sustainable biofuels.
Smart Use of Energy
Making smart use of energy is part of the 99 City Road culture and it is something we are reviewing and improving upon at all times. Our headquarters are currently undergoing a refurbishment to help reduce energy consumption – we are replacing energy-intensive chillers with environmentally friendly machines which produce fewer carbon emissions and operate 20 percent more efficiently.
We are committed to using site based technology, such as video and audio conferencing whenever possible, in order to reduce business travel. We switch off lights, computers, phone chargers, and any other electrical items when they are not in use, and we use LED lighting.
Sustainable Food From Elior UK
Our top quality food, from award-wining caterers Elior UK, is a key part of the 99 City Road service, and it is important to us that this side of our business is as sustainable and transparent as it can be. We are careful to use local, respected suppliers who care as much about sustainability and good practices as we do.
So, our butcher, Nigel Frederick, is Red Tractor licenced, as is our greengrocer, Alison Risebro. Red Tractor is the largest food standards scheme in the UK. All the meat used for our delicious menus is sourced from carefully selected and inspected British farms, and all reared to the highest industry standards. Our poultry is sourced from a producer who controls all the functions of poultry production, from the growing of the feed, the hatchery, and the production, ensuring total control and traceability.
Allison Risboro, based in New Covent Garden, is Wandsworth Borough Food Team and Environmental Services’ only five star accredited company in the New Covent Garden market. As founder member of Local to London, she is committed to promoting regional food across London and the South East of England, which very much chimes with our own ethos. Our caterers use seasonal produce as a matter of course.
We have recently launched a Go Green Hot Fork buffet which is a fully sustainable, vegetarian banquet for groups of 20 or more. Using locally sourced vegetables and British cheeses the menu has been carefully created to bring out the best seasonal flavours, as well as being a feast for the eyes.
Managing Food Waste
Food waste is a major problem across the country and it is something we have taken great strides to tackle here, by minimising waste at every stage.
Other food lines supplied to Elior UK come from Bidfood, which offers Fairtrade, MSC, Rainforest Alliance, sustainably sourced products, as well as a range of recyclable and compostable non-food supplies, with packaging using a minimum of 60 percent recycled materials. They have been given the Green Wholesaler of the Year FWD (Federation of Wholesale Distributors) award four years running. Our Vivreau water system dispenses chilled water without the need for bottle packaging.
Some of the suppliers we use are involved in very exciting initiatives that are helping to leave a positive legacy. Even the biscuits our clients enjoy with their coffee are from a company that puts all of its profits back into social sustainability projects in Africa to provide clean drinking water.
If you want more information about our sustainable credentials contact Charlotte Kain via email Charlotte.Kain@inmarsat.com.