Host of COP26, Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus 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 approach has been developed over the past two years with catering and hospitality partner Levy UK + I, part of Compass Group UK and Ireland. It includes a pledge to source at least 80% of its food locally in Scotland, with all produce sourced from high-welfare producers with sustainable agriculture processes.
As part of the 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 at the landmark Glasgow venue will offer a broader range of plant-based options alongside premium and low-impact, local animal protein sources.
SEC’s new food 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.
The new food strategy has been implemented ahead of SEC hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, taking place 1st – 12th November 2021.
Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at 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.”
Kevin Watson, Business Director at Levy UK + I, said: “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.”
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