SWG3 goes green

THE team behind SWG3 is gearing up for COP 26 with plans for the Glasgow events venue to radically reduce its carbon footprint.

The plans, which were announced as SWG3 prepares to host the New York Times Climate Hub throughout the global conference, will see the venue achieve net zero emissions by 2025 at the latest.

SWG3 has already introduced several measures to reduce its carbon footprint and offset its emissions, including switching to renewable energy, trialling products at events to reduce plastic waste and introducing its BODYHEAT project, which will harness and convert heat energy generated by visitors and use it to heat the venue.

To build on these steps the venue has appointed a ‘green team’ to oversee further measures, which will include new, more sustainable supply policies, the removal of all single-use plastic and the creation of two acres of garden space for beehives and biodiverse planting.

“SWG3 beginning its journey towards achieving net zero, coupled with the approach of The New York Times Climate Hub, makes this an incredibly exciting time for us,” said managing director, Andrew Fleming-Brown.

“After a lot of hard work, research and consultancy with experts in sustainability and climate change we are delighted to be revealing our plans to reach net zero emissions by 2025 or sooner.

“We have a lot of work to do, but over the next 12 months we are committed to building a solid foundation upon which we can transform our organisation into a more sustainable one. We know this won’t be easy, but we understand the severity of the climate emergency, as well as our potential to influence our community, industry and beyond. We want to lead by example.”