Our sustainability ethos

As such, Savoy Place has adopted the following approach across all events and office practices.

Venue:

  • There’s a water harvesting system in place which collects rainwater to then be used to water the plants and flowers in Faraday Garden at the front of the building.
  • All windows in the building are double glazed.
  • Digital signage is used to guide guests around the building.
  • Whiteboards in some meetings rooms reduce the need for flipcharts and there are interactive boards in members brainstorming rooms.
  • Clover Eco cleaning products are used which have the European eco accreditation and are sourced from a UK based supplier.
  • Toilet tissue is manufactured from recycled paper from FSC certified forests.
  • Clients are provided with water which is bottled in-house in reusable glass bottles.
  • After the refurbishment in 2015, the building received a BREEAM Good Rating (sustainability assessment method).

Waste and recycling:

  • None of the building’s daily waste goes to landfill, it is either recycled or incinerated then converted into energy.
  • We recycle all glass, paper, ink/copier cartridges, batteries, light fittings plastics, cans, and food.
  • Staff are reminded on a monthly basis to Reduce – Reuse – Recycle.
  • Clients are responsible for taking away their waste.

Energy:

  • Toilets are fitted with low water systems and sensory taps are installed in the washrooms.
  • All rooms have energy-efficient heating/cooling systems.
  • The lifts in the building are energy efficient (powering down to sleep mode when not in use).
  • The BEMS System (a building energy management system) is in use - a method to monitor and control the building's energy needs.
  • CO2 emissions are limited by optimising the use of gas and electricity and these services are reviewed bi-annually, plus we’re investigating using ecological suppliers.
  • LED Lights with motion sensors are installed in non-meeting rooms
  • Equipment (such as photocopiers) is set to automatically standby when not in use.
  • Printers are set to automatically print double-sided.
  • Duty managers and the sales team use tablets for daily sheets rather than printing paper.

Air quality:

  • All rooms feature automatic ventilation based on the number of people occupying it.
  • The efficiency performance air conditioning equipment is checked on a regular basis.
  • Air quality reports are reviewed annually and recommendations are acted on.

Transport:

  • Our state-of-the-art AV means we can offer effective video-conferencing facilities to reduce the need for all delegates to travel to events.
  • There is no parking on-site. Instead, staff, visitors, members, and clients are encouraged to use public transport.

Catering

  • The catering team will offer edible waste food to staff to consume on site (due to health and safety it can’t be offered externally).
  • Reusable cups are on sale in the Faraday Kitchen with a discount offered on hot drinks if used.
  • Customers can choose a Root to Shoot lunch menu which reduces substantial amounts of food waste and is very cost-effective.
  • We offer a reduced price for chef’s choice menu in a bid to reduce waste.
  • All fish and seafood are MCS approved, only using green light seafood, and all chicken, beef, lamb, and pork are red tractor approved.
  • We only use free-range eggs, nothing from caged hens.
  • A single-use plastics policy is being introduced.
    • Currently using paper straws but looking into the pasta straws.
    • Boxed sandwich packaging in the members' Faraday Kitchen is plastic-free.
  • Community sourcing policy i.e. sustainable, responsible local and regional procurement, reducing food miles.
  • We’re always looking into future opportunities to reduce waste as new technologies are introduced.