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The Kia Oval

When planning for a 'green' event, the choice of location and venue was always going to be important.


With the majority of our customers based in and around London (appreciating not all) it made sense to choose a location inside the M25 with great public transport links.

 

Then we wanted a venue that share our views for sustainable marketing and could demonstrate actions that will minimise the impact of the event on our environment.

 

The Kia Oval, home to Surrey county cricket team, is an award winning venue, with great facilities and a commitment to staging green events.

In its 175th year, The Kia Oval can truly be called one of the best conference venues in London, hosting over 2000 events each year.  The Kia Oval truly believes that sustainability should be at the heart of what they do. They agree that we only get one world to live in – so we should look after it! They believe that, as part of the wider world, we all should act in the most responsible and sustainable manner. This has become part of the ethos as a cricket club and a business venue; they have set themselves objectives in the form of KPIs to assess progress :

  • Successful introduction of compostable waste streams throughout the ground
     

  • Continue eradication of single use plastic
     

  • Reduce their carbon footprint and continue to innovate in green areas
     

  • Communicate their goals to fans and guests while leading the sports sustainability agenda.

 

All of their KPIs are assessed quarterly and will be reissued annually.

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In the pursuit of sustainability they have put in place a list of initiatives and practices to help everyone make sustainable choices.

  • Using an ORCA – Our Food waste is fed into the ORCA machine, which slowly ‘digests’ it, allowing it to be disposed of any liquid form through existing drainage. For one month, this allowed us to divert 1.2tns of food, saving 1.14tns of greenhouse gases, 0.84kg of methane and 1,275 litres of diesel

  • Making food onsite that would otherwise come in non-recyclable packaging;

  • Removing disposable plastic from our retail, hospitality and C&E areas

  • Reducing the quantity of printing we are doing by moving our internal meetings to tablets and ensuring all paper is recycled where possible or FSC certified

  • Introducing our own refillable still and sparking water bottles to reduce both glass and water wastage

  • Having a green energy tariff and supplementing this with our onsite solar panels

  • Ensuring there is no palm oil in our food

  • At least 40% of our menus are plant-forward, with a focus on only seasonal fruit and vegetables.

  • At least 80% of ingredients are to be British grown

  • Reducing the quantity of red meat used in our food

  • Offering soya and almond milk as a more sustainable alternative to cow’s milk

  • Moving towards being completely single use plastic free across the entire ground

  • Putting 3 stream recycling points in all rooms to help delegates make positive sustainable choices

  • Increasing the default setting on our aircon units to ensure we are not using unnecessary electricity

  • Working closely with Friends of the Earth to ensure we are being as sustainable as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you to this amazing venue for an event to remember and a new benchmark in eco promotional merchandise events.