Manchester Central retains ISO, introduces free reports

Manchester Central has announced two major new green initiatives following its successful reaccreditation for ISO 20121 – the international standard for sustainability.

First was awarded the ISO 20121 status in January 2013, Manchester Central has now unveiled plans to:

  • Undertake free event sustainability reports for clients. These reports are designed to give clients a full breakdown of the energy use of their event, as well as the waste created. The report will provide an event carbon footprint, which clients can use as a benchmark to become more sustainable in the future

  • Launch a new smart metering system to give the venue real time 24/7 information on energy waste in every space within the building. The resultant extra monitoring is expected to lead to substantial energy savings.

Angie Robinson, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to retain our ISO 20121 status. We became one of the first major venues to receive this accreditation in January 2013 and since then we have continued our sustainable journey.

“Initiatives over the last 12 months, such as our roof-top herb garden and our electric vehicle charging points, are ensuring we are living and breathing sustainability.

“Over the next 12 months, we will focus on working with our customers to ensure we are sustainable together. To do this we must consider the whole customer journey and look at where sustainable improvements can be made.

“The Sustainable Event Reports are yet another way that we can add value for customers, in what would otherwise have been a paid-for service.

“We reduced our energy bill by more than 30 per cent in 2013, saving more than £100,000 in the process. These initiatives will help us to reduce energy use even further.”
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Paul Colston

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