What are we doing to reduce our impact on the environment?
An overview of our commitments...
– We have an Environmental Policy and Sustainability Action Plan in place.
– We have a clear strategy to help us reduce waste and increase recycling. 50% of all our waste was recycled in 2016.
– We have many environmental initiatives and organisations onsite at the show.
– We use Julie’s Bicycle Industry Green tools to help us measure our carbon footprint.
– We promote and incentivise sustainable travel.
– We are committed to tackling energy use and reducing our fuel consumption (e.g. introducing solar and hybrid power).
– We introduced reusable cups at all of our bars in 2016.
– We have a sustainable procurement policy.
– We have a Food Trader Award that started in 2015 and promotes sustainability in the catering industry.
– We are introducing new categories to our awards in 2017 such as ‘Best Sustainable Non-Food Trader’ and the ‘People’s Choice Award’
– Minimum food standards have been introduced for all traders (e.g. Fairtrade / Free-range / Red Tractor).
Creative Industry Green Report 2015
As part of our commitment to The Festival Vision: 2025 Pledge, we are aiming to make a reduction of 50% (or more) on our diesel consumption by 2025.
Below is our diesel usage that has been recorded in since 2014.
In 2015 we introduced a “no personal generator” policy on site for all traders and exhibitors. This has allowed us to accurately monitor the amount of diesel that is used to power the festival – from traders to stages to lighting and more. This led to the increase in diesel usage from 2014 to 2015.
In 2016 we introduced hybrid generators for the first time to help us reduce diesel usage and CO2 emissions, as well as reducing noise levels – especially through the night. We also introduced solar power to both the Flower Zone and the staff campsite. These areas were 100% powered by solar and this is something we are committed to rolling out in other zones in 2017.
2016 Key facts
– 100% of traders are now using compostable plates, cutlery and cups
– 100% of traders use fair trade tea/coffee/sugar
– At least 60% of traders use seasonal and local ingredients with an aim to increase this in 2017
– Food traders are not accepted unless they agree to use fish from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) approved sources
– 100% of food traders have a healthy option on their menu
– At least 80% of traders have a waste management strategy
– At least 90% of traders pay their staff the London Living Wage
– 100% of traders have some form of environmental policy.
Food Trader Award 2016
We launched the first ever Food Trader Award with Lambeth Food Partnership in 2015. The aim of the award is to get traders thinking conscientiously about their food and where it comes from, but also to recognise those who are already doing this. Judges visit over 50 stalls at the Show, awarding points for menus using healthy, seasonal, fresh and local ingredients. They also look at presentation and the use of Fairtrade, free range and organic products.
As a ‘Food Flagship’ borough, Lambeth is committed to raising the profile of healthy, sustainable food. We aim to build on our famous markets, schools, community gardens and small food businesses to make Lambeth the go-to destination in London for diverse, healthy and exciting food. Our vision is for all Lambeth residents to have the knowledge, passion and skills to grow, buy, cook and enjoy food with their family, friends and community.
We’re pleased to announce the winner of the Lambeth Country Show Food Trader Award 2016 was Bradley West and his team at Manjula Catering.
We chose them as winners for the following reasons:
– They compost any food waste to use for gardening and are setting up an allotment which they want to use to grow vegetables for the business in the future.
– When they go to the market to choose ingredients they try to buy only seasonal veg with the least possible air miles (so from the UK where possible or Europe if not).
– They only use compostable packaging and cutlery.
– All of their drinks on offer are either Fairtrade or organic.
– All of their food is cooked from scratch with low salt and no processed ingredients.
– All of their meals at the show were vegan (apart from one which contained a little honey, but no dairy at all). The environmental impact of the meat and dairy industries is a hot topic at the moment and Manjula are doing their bit to reduce their impact overall.
– They had a well-priced meal deal of a curry and a drink for £7.
“Their food is healthy and delicious. Everyone would be vegan if the food always tasted like this” (Councillor Jennifer Braithwaite – Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability)
Our remaining finalists, who came highly commended, were: (in no particular order)
2015 – The Bowler
We are committed to encouraging our visitors to offset their carbon emissions from their travel to and from the show.
How did our audience travel to the show in 2016?
– 44% of people walked
– 31% of people travelled by bus
– 18% of people travelled by car
– 18% of people travelled by train
– 4% of people travelled by bicycle
Each year we make concerted efforts to encourage visitors to travel by bicycle, public transport and walking.
What are we doing to encourage more sustainable travel?
– In 2014 we stopped providing a public car park to discourage travel to the show by car. Limited parking is available for Blue Badge holders only.
– In 2014 we introduced two designated secure cycle parks within the show site. Over 500 people used this facility in 2015 and the number of parks was increased to three in 2016 to cover an additional park entrance.
– There are 9 major bus routes to and from central London that run via Brockwell Park. We encourage travelling by these routes wherever possible. A detailed traffic management plan implements several road closures and parking suspensions to help Transport for London operate at full capacity during the show.
In 2016 we began to record travel data from all artists and performers taking part in the show, as well as all contractors and suppliers which we began to record in 2015.
Lambeth Floral Ride
Lambeth held its first ever spectacular floral cycle ride to Lambeth Country Show on Sunday 17 July 2016, from Waterloo to Brockwell Park, as well as a second route from Streatham Common in the south of the borough.
Gardeners, flower arrangers, makers, artists, cyclists, companies, schools and individuals took part in the floral fun.
Lambeth Council’s Sustainable Travel team helped make the ride happen in conjunction with Lambeth Cyclists. There were a number of community partners involved too, particularly Wheels for Wellbeing, Roots and Shoots, Balfe’s Bikes and North Lambeth Parish.
Over 75 people took part in the ride in 2016 and we hope to have more people join in 2017, as well as adding an additional route to the show from Clapham.
Details of the 2017 Floral Ride will be released in April.
Having 160,000 people in the same place during one weekend is always going to produce a significant amount of waste. In fact, in 2016 there was a total of 46.6 tonnes of it produced at the show. That’s the equivalent of nearly 3 New Routemaster Double Decker Buses or 10 fully grown elephants!
Our recycling rate for 2016 was 50%. This figure, if compared to kerbside recycling figures where the % of dry recycling collected from households across the UK is generally around 30 to 33%, it can be seen that recovery rates at the show are exceeding trends across the UK.
|General waste (tonnes)||16.7||20.9||21.5||18.8|
|Dry mixed recycling (tonnes)||7||3.1||11.4||16.9|
|Other materials (tonnes)||1.2||2.8||0||4.9|
|Total materials (tonnes)||24.9||26.8||32.9||40.6|
|Total recycling (tonnes)||8.2||5.9||11.4||20.3|
|Rate of Recycling||33%||22%||34.70%||50%|
|% Increase on previous year||-33.3%*||57.7%||44.1%|
*The reason for such a significant drop in the recycling rate in 2014 was due to the extreme weather experienced on the Sunday, which led to show close midway through the day.
In 2015 we started a partnership with Loowatt to offer a boutique toilet option in two locations at the show. The Loowatt waterless toilet uses a patented, simple and efficient sealing technology to contain human waste within biodegradable film, with a unique odor-inhibiting system. The waste stored in a cartridge for periodic emptying throughout the weekend, which is then linked to anearobic digestion systems off site to provide a source of biogas for cooking, electricity and other applications.
– Total waste collected: 0.4 tonnes
– Amount of water saved compared to vacuum flush toilets: 606 litres
– Elimination of chemical toilet waste dumped, compared to chemical toilets: 0.5 tonnes
– Energy generation in an anearobic digestion system : 35 kWh
– CO2 saving from energy production: 11kg
The electricity generated from collecting your waste at the show in 2016 amounts to the equivalent of charging 2,465 smartphones!
Loowatt attended a total of 9 festivals and events during the summer of 2016, generating a total 1.7 mWh. This is the equivalent of charging over 120,000 smartphones!!
What are our current waste management practices?
– We have a recycling system for public areas
– We have checked and verified how our waste and recycling is processed after leaving site
– We have a comprehensive back of house (BOH) recycling system
– We have a reuse policy for wood and infrastructure
– We introduced more skips in 2016 to help us manage BOH waste more effectively
The introduction of Lambeth Council’s Social Value Policy later this year will require all companies commissioned for the event to demonstrate social value which includes environmental considerations.
The success of this policy and action plan will be evaluated after the Country Show in 2016. Our measurements for energy, water and waste will help us to set future targets and highlight areas for improvement. The goal is to create a benchmark, not only for future Country Shows, but all other Lambeth Council events. This information will be available to staff and the public via our website.
We welcome new and innovative approaches to supporting our goals towards becoming more sustainable and invite other organisations to come forward to support our pledge.