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
– 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
– Minimum food standards have been introduced for all traders (e.g. Fairtrade / Free-range / Red Tractor)
– Food waste is collected post show and donated to FareShare, who turn it into meals for Londoners in need of support
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 Show 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 the future.
2018 Key facts
– All traders are now using compostable plates, cutlery and cups
– All traders use fair trade tea/coffee/sugar
– At least 70% of traders use seasonal and local ingredients
– Food traders are not accepted unless they agree to use fish from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) approved sources
– All food traders have a healthy option on their menu
– All traders have a waste management strategy
– Over 90% of traders pay their staff the London Living Wage
– All traders have some form of environmental policy.
We work with FareShare to collect food from traders post show.
FareShare London saves good food from going to waste and takes it to 224 charities and community groups across the capital, who turn it into meals for Londoners in need of support. They include homeless hostels, lunch clubs for older people, domestic violence refuges and children’s breakfast and holiday clubs.
In 2017, just over half a tonne of produce was collected from food traders post show. That’s enough for over 1,100 meals for people in need. The food collected included a great range of fruit, vegetables, bakery, dairy and drinks.
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 2018?
– 62% of visitors walked
– 24% of visitors travelled by bus
– 8% of visitors travelled by personal car
– 9.5% of visitors travelled by train/overground
– 5% of visitors travelled by underground
– 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 and four in 2017.
– 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.
– Everyone is invited each year to take part in the #LambethFloralRide on the streets of Lambeth and pedal to the show from two different locations.
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
Everyone is invited each year to take part in the #LambethFloralRide on the streets of Lambeth and pedal to the show from two different locations; one north of the borough from Waterloo and another south of the borough in Streatham.
Decorate your bike with locally grown flowers or from your own garden and join in one of the rides from the north or south of the borough.
Families are welcome on the rides, which are led and marshaled by cycling instructors from London’s largest cycle training company Cycle Confident.
Both the rides are free and secure cycle parking is available at the show.
For more info, please email email@example.com
Having over 100,000 people in the same place during one weekend is always going to produce a significant amount of waste. In fact, in 2018 there was a total of 33.9 tonnes of it produced at the show. That’s the equivalent of more than three new Routemaster Double Decker Buses or 6 fully grown African Elephants!
Kerbside recycling figures, where the % of dry recycling collected from households across the UK, is generally around 30 to 33%. The show’s recycling rates over the past 4 years have been consistent with this figure and in some years exceeding it.
|General waste (tonnes)||21.5||18.8||22.5||20.1|
|Dry mixed recycling (tonnes)||11.4||16.9||11.4||8.7|
|Other materials (tonnes)||0||4.9||0||0|
|Total materials (tonnes)||32.9||40.6||33.9||28.8|
|Total recycling (tonnes)||11.4||20.3||11.4||8.7|
|Rate of Recycling||34.7%||50%||33.6%||30.2%|
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 2018. 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.