UK event venues get behind WWF’s Earth Hour

The NEC Group, which operates the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the International Convention Centre (ICC), National Indoor Arena (NIA) and LG Arena in Birmingham, switched off its lights at 8.30pm on Saturday 23 March in support of WWF’s Earth Hour. In London, Earls Court and Olympia undertook the same thing. 
WWF’s Earth Hour is an annual campaign that focuses the world’s attention on the planet and how it needs to be protected and 152 countries and 6,950 towns and cities across the world took part in Earth Hour 2012. In the UK alone, over 7.6m people got involved via 3,500 schools and 1,200 businesses and organisations last year.
This year the lights were turned off for one hour, where safe to do so, across the NEC Group’s four venues, saving enough energy to make 13,700 cups of tea or to light a 60W light bulb for 5,000 hours.The emissions savings are equivalent to the amount of CO2 that would be absorbed by six maple trees over the course of their lifetime.
“We pride ourselves on our ‘green’ credentials and we were delighted to reach our ‘zero waste to landfill’ target at the NEC in September 2012,” says Phil Dyke, the NEC Group’s Engineering Manager. “As part of our continued commitment to sustainability, the installation stage of our Smart Meters project is now underway so we become more energy aware; it will also show anomalies in our energy usage, giving us the opportunity to ask why we’re using so much energy at certain times of day or night or during certain events.”
In partnership with the Ideal Home Show, Vitality Show and The Telegraph CRUISE Show, Earls Court and Olympia joined iconic London landmarks such as the Shard and Big Ben by turning off their lights for 60 minutes at 8:30pm.
“At Earls Court and Olympia, we pride ourselves on our commitment to the environment and were delighted to take part in this worthwhile campaign once again,” said Nigel Nathan, Group Managing Director of Earls Court and Olympia London. “We work hard to ensure that we stay at the forefront of sustainability issues and are keen to support such innovative, awareness raising projects.”
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