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COP26 venue SEC promises ‘sustainable, healthy choices’ on menu

20th Jul 2021 - 06:00
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The venue that is to play host to the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow in November in Glasgow has announced that its new food strategy will ensure that ‘sustainable, responsible, and healthier choices’ sit at the heart of the venue’s events.

The renewed approach at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has been developed over the past two years with its official catering and hospitality partner Levy UK, the sports, and hospitality division of Compass Group UK and Ireland), according to Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales at SEC.

She said: “It includes a pledge to source at least 80% of its food from Scotland, with all produce sourced from high-welfare producers with sustainable agriculture processes.

“Our new food strategy is an integral part of our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of events that take place on our Campus. As our industry gears up to restart, there is no better time to drive forward positive change.

“We are honoured to be hosting COP26 later this year and we’re fortunate to have a food and drink partner in Levy UK+I that shares our commitment to minimising the climate impacts of our offering. 

“While we recognise that we can continue to do more to improve the environment we all share, we are proud to have a strong and ambitious strategy in place to help us champion the very best of sustainably sourced Scottish produce on the international stage.”

As part of the best-in-class food strategy, SEC will champion high quality, environmentally-friendly local suppliers in areas such as fruit and vegetables, meat and bread. The food and drink offering will offer a broader range of plant-based options alongside premium and low-impact, local animal protein sources.

The new strategy includes a plan for packaging, with a commitment that all packaging used will be reusable or recyclable by 2023. The venue is also making strides in the fight against food waste and aims to have reduced kitchen wastage to under 1% of food purchases by 2025 or sooner.

Food waste will continue to be diverted from landfill to anaerobic digestion processing.

Kevin Watson, business director at Levy UK+I, said: “The amazing new food strategy that we have created with SEC is a world class example as to how the conference and events industry can achieve greater sustainability and reduce food waste in catering and hospitality.

“It fully complements our Levy Cares commitments which sit at the very heart of the sustainable and ethical approach we adopt in all our work – from the food we serve, the teams we work with and the communities we support.

“We are delighted that SEC is hosting COP26 later this year and feel it is the perfect event to showcase how food strategies like ours can play an instrumental role in combatting climate change.”

The new food strategy has been implemented ahead of SEC hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), taking place November 1-12.

Written by
David Foad