EICC's target is to reduce carbon emissions by 20% per m2 per year by 2020, relative to the 2013 baseline. The emissions by source breaks down emissions according to the GHG Protocol's scopes: direct emissions, indirect (energy) emissions, and other indirect emissions.
The following 15 elements of EICC's carbon footprint are actively monitored:
(1) Electricity, (2) Gas, (3) Business Travel, (4) Water, (5) Paper sheets, (6) Paper recycled, (7) Cardboard recycled, (8) Plastic recycled, (9) Cans recycled, (10) Glass recycled, (11) Kitchen oil, (12) Lamps recycled, (13) Dry mixed recycling, (14) landfill waste and (15) food waste composted.
With significant environmental savings been made to date, we are on track to achieve our overall objective of reducing the carbon footprint association with our operations by 20% by 2020. To date, our overall carbon footprint (tCO2e) reduced by 8% between 2015 and 2016.
The number of client events hosted at the EICC increased from 140, in 2015, to 175, in 2016, which is reflected in our energy usage. Energy usage is the biggest factor in the measurement of our overall carbon footprint. As such, our key focus for future emission reductions will be on energy consumption.
Electricity usage was reduced by 12.16% between 2015 and 2016.
From 2015 to 2016 we have worked to reduce our 'waste to landfill' by 1.61%. Recycling rates have also improved with a reduction in mixed recycling of 13.85%.
We are continually looking for opportunities to minimise waste, energy and use of resources. The following 15 elements of our carbon footprint are actively monitored:
Electricity; Gas; Business Travel; Water; Paper Sheets; Paper recycled; Cardboard recycled; Plastic recycled; Cans recycled; Glass recycled; Kitchen oil; Lamps recycled; Dry mixed recycling; Landfill waste; Food waste composted.
A spokesperson for Zero Waste Scotland commended the EICC's efforts, saying:
"Zero Waste Scotland is delighted that Edinburgh International Conference Centre has contributed to the Hospitality and Foodservice Agreement by reporting its annual waste data, working to reduce waste and maintaining a consistently high recycling rate for food and dry materials. Its enthusiasm and commitment sets a good example for others in the foodservice sector."
"EICC sets a good example for others" Katie Haycock | Project Manager | WRAP
"WRAP are delighted that EICC has contributed to the Hospitality and Foodservice Agreement by reporting their annual waste data, working to reduce their waste and maintaining a consistently high recycling rate for food and dry materials. Their enthusiasm and commitment set a good example for others in the foodservice sector."
EICC's use of the EFQM Excellence Model in their business delivers sustainable results and provides a role model for others. With their Plan-it green™ approach, we are impressed with the number of people involved in ensuring that sustainability issues are considered in all areas.