DEMEC 2021: Our commitment to sustainability
DEMEC 2021 is running as a hybrid conference in December using live streaming to broadcast the
conference. In person attendance will be limited whilst encouraging a larger virtual sign up.
The live stream and pre-recorded content will support live interaction from face to face and virtual
attendees, so they don’t lose out on face-to-face benefits. The content will available on demand, so
the content is saved for future viewing.
Travel is reduced.
Manchester Central is centrally located within Manchester city centre with good public transport
links, a commitment to recycling and food waste into energy.
Find out more about Manchester Central’s sustainability promise: (Aug ’21 issue)
- Manchester Central aims to divert all waste from landfill. After removing all recyclables from our waste, anything non-recyclable is compacted into bales and transported to a Combined Heat and Power Facility. Here, energy is harvested from the residual waste to produce electricity and also steam which produces thermal heating.
- Food waste is either donated to local charities, or sent to anaerobic digestion (AD produces biogas, a methane-rich gas that can be used as a fuel, and digestate, a source of nutrients that can be used as a fertiliser).
- We have invested in an industry-leading waste management recycling centre, enabling us to segregate our waste onsite.
- We encourage a ‘paperless approach’ day-to-day by offering alternative methods to printing via iPad, laptop and digital screen. This has helped to reduce our printing volume by 120,000 sheets.
- We have installed 160 smart meters which precisely monitor electricity, water and gas usage and provide real-time information on energy usage.
- Dimmable LED lighting has been installed in over 75% of the venue
- Passive infrared sensors (PIRs) have been fitted throughout the venue which turn lights on and off upon the detection of body movement.
- Manchester Central is the host site for the Civic Quarter Heat Network (CQHN). The network will provide a highly efficient, environmentally-friendly heat and power solution for some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, making significant carbon reductions.
- We purify and bottle water onsite using reusable glass bottles. We’ve also installed water fountains in both our Central and Charter Foyers and all of our office spaces. This has helped to eliminate more than 5,000 bottles per year and encourages our team and visitors to say no to single-use plastic bottles.
- We have installed a herb cultivator which allows us to bring fresh, healthy, 100% organic herbs and greens right into our kitchens.
- We have made a commitment to reduce single use plastic – straws and cutlery have already been eliminated.
- Re-usable cups are sold across our retail points with profits going to the “We love Manchester charity”. We also offer a £0.25 discount to guests who have their own re-usable cups.
- We champion local produce:
- Meat – 8 miles from the venue
- Groceries/dry goods – 4 miles from the venue
- Bread – 3 miles from the venue
- Sandwiches – 42 miles from the venue
- Milk and cream – within a 48 mile radius
- Plastic bottle 500ml soft drinks are already made from recycled materials.
We are going paperless
DEMEC are partnering with Swapcard offering a virtual event app.
Depending on covid guidance at the time we will aim for digital ticketing, a purely digital programme, digital e-posters whilst utilising the venue signage where possible.
Visuals / Signage
Where possible we will be re-using directional visuals and signage from previous DEMEC conferences and by limiting date limited items where possible.
We plan to utilise the venue signage where possible.
Food and beverage
Food and beverage waste accounts for a minimum of 20% event waste, and sometimes up to 60%.
For the limited numbers attending, we will aim to make catering options a minimum of 80% plant based.
Individually wrapped items will be limited where possible whilst still adhering to COVID 19 safety measures in terms of food preparation and distribution.
We are rethinking the lanyard
We may go with a more sustainable option of a bamboo lanyard and eco friendly badges (which can be returned for waste-to-energy disposal).
Perhaps you have your DEMEC lanyard from a previous conference – if so please bring this with you so you can be involved in our sustainability efforts.
Or you could bring your everyday work lanyard – or your most distinctive. Definitely an ice breaker.
We will be reminding you along the way to help support DEMEC’s sustainability efforts in 2021.
As part of the pre event communications and final joining details we will remind you to bring the essentials:
✓ reusable cup and water bottle;
✓ chargers and adaptors so you don’t have to buy an unnecessary spare.
We will also provide you with links to public transport options