in 2019 we have won the coveted IACC European Innovation Award for our commitment to sustainability.
15 SUSTAINABILITY PLedges
Mission: To adopt a long-term vision that puts sustainability and the environment above profit in the short term to sustain a successful business in the long term.
#1 WAR ON PLASTIC
We have signed the Meeting Industry Association’s pledge to reduce single use plastic. This commitment drove us to put in place an internal management system to identify all single use plastic items and actively find solutions to allow us to achieve our goal of eradicating single use plastic where possible.
We have identified 233,280 individual pieces of single use plastic that we supply on an annual basis in our bedrooms, reception office, kitchen and dining areas.
We have taken the necessary steps to reduce single use plastic by 63% by the 1st October 2019. A further goal to reduce single use plastic by 75% were achieved by the 1st December 2019.
We are actively looking for solutions to address the remaining 25% of single use plastic items used on site at Lane End.
#2 ON LOCATION WATER BOTTLING PLANT
We have introduced our own water bottling plant to supply filtered water in reusable glass bottles. We encourage guests to drink filtered water rather than buying mineral water.
#3 LANE END ORCHARD
Early 2019 we have planted a variety of apple, pear, plum, greengage and persimmon trees to create an oasis for wildlife and provide fruit which will be used by the conference centre.
Sighted on the top corner of the amenity field, our orchard provides a visually pleasing mixture of colourful bloom in the Spring as well as fruit, which we will be processing into our own pasteurised juice blend which we will then serve to our customers.
We are planning to add trees and grow the orchard year on year. The produce will also be used in salads, desserts and other seasonal dishes.
#4 GOING PAPERLESS
We’ve invested in dual monitors in our sales offices, which means we no longer print emails or event planning documents. We also use an online tool to request signatures for contracts and to enable our teams to sign supplier orders and contracts.
We’ve set ourselves a target in the sales office to reduce the use of paper by 80% in the first year. Our printing now consists of bedroom registration cards, two sets of weekly function sheets and one delegate list for each event – and when we absolutely must print it is on 100% recycled paper.
We’re sure however that we can find alternatives to printing these items and we’re working on it.
#5 REDUCE AND RECYCLE STATIONERY AND MARKETING MATERIALS
All our stationery including paper, notepads and flipchart paper are made from 100% recycled paper. In addition, we are actively reducing paper/pencil distribution on-site by making clients aware of our sustainability efforts to reduce the use of notepads and pencils. We no longer print or distribute brochures and all marketing materials are made from recycled materials and responsibly sourced to promote sustainability.
#6 GENERAL RECYCLING
We recycle 100% of paper, card waste and electronic waste.
#7 ECOSIA SEARCH ENGINE
Again, a simple swap, but one that has huge environmental benefits. Lane End’s sales and admin offices are now using Ecosia as our default search engine.
Ecosia is like any other search engine, but with one major difference, they plough their profits into planting trees and so far Ecosia users are responsible for over 66,000,000 trees planted – and counting.
Trees are planted all over the world where it is needed the most. The trees benefit people, the environment and local economies.
#8 REPURPOSE USED COFFEE GROUNDS
As you can imagine, a lot of coffee is drunk here at Lane End. Conferences and events call for coffee on tap and our delegates do enjoy the taste of one of the country’s most loved beverages. To reduce waste and repurpose our used coffee beans we provide bags at our coffee stations for customers to take home used coffee grounds which can be used as compost in their gardens. This is something that always gets our customers talking and we know they enjoy being involved. These small steps help to create a culture of awareness and every little helps.
#9 RECYCLE COOKING OIL INTO BIO FUELS
By looking at each and every element of the service we deliver we were able to identify the impact that Rapeseed oil can have on the environment.
We’ve pledged to only use Rapeseed oil that is produced from non-genetically modified British rapeseeds and is high in monounsaturated fats. All the oil we use at Lane End is then recycled into Bio Fuels.
#10 FOOD – SOURCE AND RECYCLE WASTE RESPONSIBLY
We source food responsibly. For example we no longer offer cod on our menus because it is not a sustainable fish source. We have a food waste monitor system in place to actively reduce waste and reuse or recycle 100% of our food waste.
#11 REUSE REPLACED FURNITURE
80% of furniture being replaced during refurbishments are reused by our staff or the British Heart Foundation.
#12 ECO FRIENDLY AMENITIES
100% eco showerheads and flow reducers on taps, 70% water efficient toilets and 60% LED lighting with plans in place to be 100% within in the next twelve months.
#13 GROUNDS MAINTENANCE
Composting and shredding of all appropriate grounds waste and ongoing maintenance to support local wildlife, improve health of our trees and replace dying trees.
#14 RESPONSIBLE DISPOSAL OF GREASE TRAP WASTE
The waste is taken to the Thames water recycling plant where the liquids and solids are separated. It then goes through a process where the solids are turned into agricultural fertilizer and fluids are treated and returned to the water table.
#15 OFF-SET ALL COMPANY FLIGHTS CO2
We use co2.myclimate.org to off-set all company flights. Our CEO travels to Japan twice a year to recruit students for our English Japanese Language School (EJEF) and the Director of Sales & Marketing travels to Europe two to three times annually to attend conferences and events. All these emissions are off-using this method.
CULTURE OF ONGOING IMPROVEMENT
We are continually researching new ideas to help us make a difference and we are currently considering Ecotricity as an alternative to our current electricity supplier, eco-friendly bamboo key cards for our bedrooms and different sources of renewable energy – including solar panels.
Lane End Conference Centre
Church Road, Lane End, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3HH