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Business Design Centre becomes the UK’s first CarbonNeutral® venue

03 March 2010 |

The Business Design Centre (BDC), is delighted to announce it has become the UK’s first CarbonNeutral® venue.

3rd March 2010: Dominic Jones, Chief Executive of the Business Design Centre comments, “The BDC has always been aware of its environmental responsibility and we are extremely proud of the award-winning ‘green’ initiatives we have implemented over the past years. Due to the inherent operation of our business we realise that it is not possible to decrease our carbon footprint to zero through reduction and conservation alone and with this in mind we have decided to support our reduction limitations with an offset programme.”

The BDC, one of London’s oldest and most iconic venues, has partnered with The Carbon Neutral Company, the market leading carbon offset and climate consulting business. They have helped the venue measure the amount of C02 produced from travel, waste and energy and the means to offset its consumption.

For every tonne of C02 produced the BDC will pay for an equivalent amount of C02 to be reduced by an emission reduction project in various parts of the world. The three projects the venue has chosen are in Tanzania, Columbia, and India. These projects not only fulfil the carbon offsetting requirements but also offer great benefits to the local communities in which they are situated. (Please see further information at the end of this release)

Jones continues, “The BDC’s focus for 2010 will continue to be on energy efficiency and internal emission reductions. The addition of our new CarbonNeutral® status will not only benefit to the venue but also our tenants who work within the building and of course the many events that take place whose organisers will be able to communicate the new ‘green’ credentials to all their stakeholders. We are also confident that potential organisers will see this accreditation as a benefit when looking for a venue to place an event.”

Rebecca Fay, Marketing Director, The CarbonNeutral Company, commented, “By achieving the first CarbonNeutral® venue accreditation in the UK the BDC are ideally positioned to meet event organisers’ requirements for a green and sustainable exhibition space in the UK.”


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Further details on the projects chosen:

Govindapuram Wind Power Project - This project enables the installation of four wind turbine generators to produce clean electricity.

Located in the Tirunelveli and Erode districts of the state of Tamil Nadu in India, the electricity generated from the wind turbines is either sold to the state electricity grid or sent to the project partner’s spinning factories. This displaces energy which would otherwise have been drawn primarily from fossil fuel fired power stations, avoiding the associated CO2 emissions and environmental pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide, dust and solid waste problems.

The local community has benefited from employment opportunities during and after the construction of this project. The development of the project has also promoted road infrastructure improvements, facilitating further economic development of the region.

La Pradera Landfill Gas Project, Colombia, Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) - This project involves the capture, piping and flaring of landfill gas from two landfill sites in Colombia.

The first site is located in Curva de Rodas and was closed in 2003 after 19 years of operation in which approximately 8.5 million tonnes of municipal waste were received at the site. The second landfill site is La Pradera which became operational in 2003 and currently receives 2,100 tonnes of waste a day.

The La Pradera project was initiated by the University of Antioquia which is also based in the city of Medellin. A portion of the proceeds from the project will be used to promote research and provide assistance to students from some of the lowest income groups at the university. Further project proceeds will be allocated to Empresas Varias de Medellin (EEVVM) – the public utility company that owns and operates both landfi ll sites – which will be used to improve environmental management in Colombia. Both the University and EEVVM will provide funding for training opportunities in the communities affected by the landfills.

Uchindile-Mapanda Reforestation Project, Tanzania, Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) - This project involves the reforestation of degraded land in Tanzania to sequester carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

Based in the Southern highlands of Tanzania, this project establishes commercial forests across the Uchindile and Mapanda districts. Four varieties of trees will be planted covering 7,252 hectares at Uchindile and 3,562 hectares at Mapanda. In July 2009, this became the first ‘Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use’ (AFOLU) project to be validated under the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). Ten per cent of the carbon revenues from the forests have been allocated to initiatives which will benefi t the local communities. The decision on how to spend this money is agreed with the local villages based on their list of priorities.