UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre goes green

Issue date: 18 May 2010


UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre The 4000 sq m University of the West of England Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC) has signed up to the nationally recognised Greener Events guide, and has made sustainability a key priority.

The UWE ECC, launched in December 2009, is quickly building a reputation amongst major local business as the ideal location for a wide range of business events.

The team are working hard to make positive changes against short timescales in order to fulfil a commitment to the UWE Sustainable Strategy 2008-2012. UWE has consistently been in the top ten universities of the People and Planet Green league awards for the last three years.

Good energy management is a main priority for the conference centre team to help keep CO2 emissions to a minimum. Low energy lighting has already been installed throughout most of the building, with the aim of progressively replacing all remaining traditional light bulbs with energy efficient ones. Small reminders for staff and delegates to 'turn off the lights and recycle as much waste as possible' may seem low key and old fashioned but these simple measures can really make a big difference. Energy efficient hand dryers have also recently been installed on a trial basis because they use 80% less energy and are thus more ecologically sound than traditional warm air hand dryers.

Working closely with the nationally recognised Greener Events Guide is a priority for the team. Commenting on the Centre's environmental objectives, Phil Harding, Senior Policy Adviser for climate change and resource efficiency at the Government Office for the South West said ”It's great to see such a major South West venue make a strong commitment to good environmental business practice. I am delighted that UWE are using the Greener Events guide to help them deliver on their commitment to continuous improvement. The Greener Events guide has proved to be an effective management tool for helping venues and event managers raise their environmental standards whilst reducing waste, CO2 emissions and costs”.

Peter Cockburn, Head of Facilities at UWE explained “The Exhibition and Conference Centre provides a much needed resource for the local economy. We are working to ensure that we provide the right kind of facilities to cater for large scale events. The main auditorium has already attracted huge interest from many large local businesses on our doorstep, showing the need for a sizeable venue in the region. The University is now able to meet the needs of a wide range of organisations and events. In the past, the only option for many companies based in the South West region was to travel to large conference centres which are often situated in cities outside of Bristol. Having a bespoke facility on the doorstep may contribute to decreasing their carbon footprint.”

UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre is just a 15 minute walk from Parkway Railway Station and guests are encouraged to walk, bicycle or take public transport wherever possible. The Centre is just half a mile from the M32, M4 and M5 and offers parking for 450 cars in a dedicated car park. Bristol Airport is within easy reach and the vibrant city of Bristol is also on the doorstep, making it an ideal location regardless of where guests are travelling from within the UK.

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Notes for editors.

UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre
, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road
Bristol, BS34 8QZ

E-mail: conferenceoffice@uwe.ac.uk
The greener events guide can be found at the South West's sustainability website. Phil Harding at GOSW has led the greener events guide project since its launch.
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