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Environmental Policy 2017-04-09T14:43:41+00:00

Our Commitment to the Environment

At 1 Wimpole Street we realise our actions have an impact on the environment around us. We regard sustainability and tackling climate change as key strategic issues for us, and for the U.K. as a whole. We are therefore committed to the implementation of an effective environmental system that will not only reduce the impact of our activities on the environment but also increase our efficiency and effectiveness.

We Fulfill This Mission By A Commitment To: 

1. Understanding environmental issues and sharing this information with our team
2. Developing innovative and flexible solutions to bring about change
3. Sourcing products and services which are produced and distributed in a responsible fashion
4. Recognising that managed social responsibility is essential to our future
5. Monitoring and measurement of our progress for each project
6. Encouraging all of our suppliers and partners to share in our mission

Thoughtful & Considerate Staff

1 Wimpole Street recognises the responsibility our staff have in contributing to good environmental management. We will seek to harness and channel the enthusiasm and interest shown by our employees, and provide the appropriate training and support to ensure all staff exercise their environmental responsibility.

Responsible Suppliers & Partners

1 Wimpole Street will promote and encourage good environmental practice to its business partners. We will seek to do business with those who share our vision, encouraging a shared responsibility in preserving the natural spaces that sustain our planet.

The provenance of our food ingredients means a great deal to us. Of course, we want them to be the finest and freshest available but we also want to know that they are from suppliers with integrity.

That’s why we source fish from suppliers dedicated to promoting sustainability and minimising food miles. The butchers we use can trace every link in their supply chain back to the farm. Our cheese comes from artisan makers in the UK who are passionate about their craft. Wherever possible, our chefs use fruit and vegetables from British growers. And all our hot beverages are supplied by importers who are as committed to the welfare of the growers as they are to the quality of the product.

We Recycle

• Paper
• Glass
• Cardboard
• Cooking oil
• Plastic
• Cans
• Batteries
• Printer cartridges

Steps We Take To Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

• Manage our venue’s energy consumption by turning off unnecessary light and climate control to our rooms through a computerised BMS system.
• Buy from small independent suppliers, and have seasonal produce tailored to our conference menus.
• Have an on-site water purification system which has saved annually an estimated 92,000 1 litre glass bottles from being transported and saving an estimated 7,200 tonnes of carbon emissions.
• Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
• Operate an emission free electric vehicle to transport materials between the Royal Society of Medicine’s two venues in W1.
• Use electronic documentation and files where possible to limit paper consumption.
• Promote the use of hybrid events to reach overseas delegates, in order to reduce their carbon footprint.
• Encourage the streaming of events so fringe delegates can access the conference at a time that suits them.
• Encourage the use of video conferencing in all meetings allowing potential overseas attendees to reduce their carbon footprint by accessing the event remotely.
• Use low energy light bulbs wherever possible.

What We Don’t Do

• Use air freight transport where possible, allowing us to limit “food miles”.
• Use disposable or non-recyclable packaging.
• Use aerosols as all our cleaning materials are held within reusable containers.