Sustainable Business Case Study | Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Description of Property

Situated at the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh, the EICC is one of the world’s outstanding venues for conferences and events. It’s purpose-built centre offers the very best facilities and technology; and an experienced team will help to ensure an event’s success.

Project Description & Investments

EICC have developed a sustainable events programme – Plan it Green – comprising of committed stakeholders throughout the company, a clear sustainable plan and cost saving targets.

In order to meet targets of a sustainable approach the EICC:

  • Provide extensive staff training for the whole EICC team on energy usage and in particular use of lights around the building. The team is encouraged to turn lights off when not in use.
  • Donate left-over delegate bags to Mary’s Meal who distribute to schools in 12 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Work with sustainably aware suppliers, including catering partner, Leiths that use local produce for delegate catering requirements where possible.
  • Encourage all local suppliers to provide food produce in re-usable plastic containers, in order to minimise packaging waste as part of its policy to recycle all food packaging.
  • Invest in energy saving equipment. For example, as part of the EICC expansion, which opened in May 2013, the kitchen was completely refurbished with new energy-saving induction hobs installed. It is also currently planning to invest in the installation of LED lighting within the main foyer space, with the longer-term plan to roll out a program of LED lighting upgrades throughout the building.
  • Hold quarterly Green Team meetings that are attended by a member from each of the EICC teams, each team representative is responsible to brief the wider team while the sustainable facilitator regularly communicates results to the whole team.

Payback & Benefits

Since 2013 the EICC have reduced expenditure on 3 key utilities – electricity by 16%, gas by 47% and water by 8% (based on results at the end of 2015).

These positive results were due to investment in new energy saving technologies, such as LED lighting, water saving devices for public toilets and a Building Management System (BMS) for cost effective temperature control throughout the EICC.