The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow has announced its new food strategy which will ensure that sustainable, responsible, and healthier choices sit at the heart of the venue’s events. The new approach has been developed over the past two years with Levy UK + I, and will be implemented ahead of COP26 (1-12 November 2021).
It includes a pledge to source at least 80% of its food from Scotland and all produce from high-welfare producers with sustainable agriculture processes, championing environmentally friendly local suppliers.
SEC will also offer a broader range of plant-based options alongside premium and low-impact, local animal protein sources. As the first accredited ‘Healthy Venue’ in the world by the World Obesity Federation, SEC will ensure that health remains a core value.
The strategy also includes a commitment that all packaging used will be reusable or recyclable by 2023, and SEC will also aim to have reduce kitchen wastage to under 1% of food purchases by 2025 or sooner.
Kathleen Warden (Director of Conference Sales, SEC) said: “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.”
Kevin Watson (Business Director, 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.”