Our aim is to offset the environmental impact of our event at every stage in the production chain. We challenge our contractors to be more sustainable and actively de-select companies that are not making efforts in this area. In addition to this, we have introduced a range of initiatives that aim to make it as easy as possible for our visitors and exhibitors to manage the impact of their attendance at the show.
We have summarised our sustainable initiatives below, but we are always open to new ideas so if there is anything else that you think we should be doing then please contact me at [email protected].
We no longer print paper show-guides – you can access the visitor show-guide here
We no longer distribute plastic show bags, but we do sell hard wearing multi-use bags at the entrance
We are encouraging exhibitors to use reusable fabric graphics and not foamex. We also reuse graphics where possible for future events.
Thanks to Scimitar, the Official Clothing Partner for The National Running Show Birmingham, all the technical running shirts for the team and show ambassadors made from recycled bottles. With each t-shirt made from up to seven recycled plastic bottles, the tops contain the same wicking capabilities as standard sportswear but play an important part in keeping post-consumer waste away from our ecosystems and oceans.
You will see that we have removed all of the aisle carpets from the venue. We estimate this has saved around 15,100kg of CO2 and is something that we will be replicating across all future events.
Venue Initiatives – The NEC
- The NEC is a zero to landfill venue with an average recycling rate of circa 80%
- Mixed recycling and General waste is transported to a local plant just 7 miles from site where it is sorted and recyclables removed
- Recyclable material is transported to a second plant in Wolverhampton where it undergoes further sorting, grading, is bulked and enters the commodities market
- Remaining waste is utilised as waste to Energy, and generates electricity for homes and businesses in the Birmingham area
- Any residual ash from the Waste to Energy process is used in road building scheme
- Food waste is separated on site and taken 4 miles to the Severn Trent Anaerobic Digestion Plant
- The food is composted and the resulting methane generates electricity to power the local sewage plant, with excess put back into the National Grid
- The resulting compost is sold on to local farmers as fertiliser
- Segregated glass waste is taken to a processor in Walsall
- High quality glass cullet from the processing is used to make further glass bottles
- Lower quality cullet is used in road building
- Metal waste is collected as a mixed load and transported to a processor 5 miles from the NEC
- Large wood waste items are segregated and taken to a local processor less than 3 miles from the venue
- Wood is sorted and utilised in various ways depending on the grade such as reclaimed/reused, biomass pellets, animal bedding, wood chippings for use on land
- Pallets are collected, stored and taken to a local company 2 junctions up the M42
- Here they are checked/repaired and re-distributed into the transport industry
- Our policy is that waste should not travel more than 30 miles from site, minimising carbon emissions and supporting local businesses
- We have a fleet of waste vehicles based on site, so no unnecessary travelling takes place, further minimising emissions
- We regularly find alternative ways to deal with discarded items, such as donating them to local community groups for reuse
- Past donations include supporting community cafes with chairs and tables, community garden projects with soil/hardcore/bark, local hostels with excess food, counselling organisations with office furniture
Our Sustainability Plan moving forward
Our goal is to deliver carbon-neutral events across our portfolio by 2025. We have outlined a clear plan on how we are planning to reach this goal. You can read more about this here.
How you can help
The biggest carbon impact at the event comes from visitor travel. You can help us in the following ways:
- Active commute – could you run, walk or cycle to the show?
- Car sharing – if you are going with friends, could you travel together?
- Carbon offset – you can offset your carbon by following this link
Our Sustainability Plan moving forward
Our goal is to deliver carbon-neutral events across our portfolio by 2025. We have outlined a clear plan on how we are planning to reach this goal. Read more here.
Last updated 14/06/2022