Sustainability at The Brewery: how we do it

Here at The Brewery, we pride ourselves on our considered approach to sustainability and the constant steps we make to be eco-friendly and environmentally conscious.

It is crucial that individuals and businesses alike make the decision to be more eco-conscious and, in doing so, take vital steps to help safeguard the environment.

From energy and water conservation to minimising waste, we explore our approach to sustainability and the many initiatives we have in place.

Energy consumption

When it comes to energy consumption, the team is committed to reducing this as much as we possibly can throughout the day-to-day running of The Brewery:

Lights, power and HVAC

We reduce the lights, power and HVAC during set-ups, de-rigs and when rooms are not in use. Our staff inspect the venue to ensure this is done and report on it daily. The lights and HVAC are also adjusted on a day-by-day basis, depending on the season, type of events and number of guests per room.

Electric hand dryers

We have installed several electric hand dryers in most of our public washrooms and are currently in the process of finalising the installation of the last one this year.

Light fixtures

Most of our light fixtures have been adapted to use LED lamps or low-energy lamps.

‘No idling’ zone

We enforce a “no idling” zone in our loading bay, as well as having appropriate signage to remind all drivers to turn off their engines when they arrive at The Brewery.

Renewable energy sources

Our energy is sourced from renewable sources. We have replaced a lot of our light fittings with LED fittings and motion sensors, and this is set to continue as we upgrade areas throughout our venue.

Water conservation

There are several ways that we continually address water conservation at The Brewery:

Toilet cisterns

Each of our toilet cisterns have either low-flow or dual flush systems installed and the urinals have sensors installed.

Automatic taps

We save water by installing automatic taps in the newly refurbished washrooms. This effort is set to continue as we upgrade facilities in the future.

Beverages

We offer still and sparkling drinking water in large containers or glass bottles, filled from our tap water filter system.

Water meters

We have water meters installed and are more than happy to provide data on building water use if requested.

Waste minimisation

Here at The Brewery, we strive to minimise waste in several significant ways:

Waste disposal
We do not send any waste to landfill. Waste that cannot be recycled is taken by waste carrier and converted into energy.

We recycle glass, tins, plastic, cardboard, paper, food waste, cooking oil, electronic waste, hazardous waste and toner cartridges.

Staff are trained to separate waste at source and to recycle and reuse when possible.

Charitable donations
We donate surplus items left over from events to charities and local primary schools or reuse them in-house if appropriate, such as notepads, pen etc.

Single use plastics

Compostable items

We have moved away from many single use plastic items and we now offer a fully compostable range of disposable ware for events and in our staff canteen. This includes straws, water cups, coffee cups and lids, food boxes, napkins and cutlery.

Biodegradable confetti

We ask of clients that, should they want to use confetti in their events, this is strictly biodegradable.

Making steps with suppliers

There are items of single use plastic that, sadly, do not have a suitable alternative in non-plastic materials, such as cable ties, but we will work with suppliers to move away from these and other items as soon as alternatives become available.

Other significant practises and policies

Charity involvement

Every year, we partner with different charities either by fundraising or having staff to volunteer with them.

Awards

We have been receiving a Gold Award Certificate for Clean City Awards from City of London for the last four years. This Scheme has promoted and rewarded best practice in waste management by City of London businesses with regards to duty of care, separation of waste, increasing recycling rates, waste reduction and reuse initiatives.

Fairness

We also provide facilities and services that meet accessible requirements and labour practices that guarantee fair and equitable treatment of staff in a safe work environment.

Staff wellness

We have bike racks in our courtyard and encourage our staff to bike to work.

Accreditation

We have achieved a “Sustainable Events Management Systems” accreditation standard: ISO20121:2012 in 2013 and have been recertified in 2016 and 2019.

Food orders

Our chefs order food in a very efficient way from our suppliers to ensure there is very little waste at the end of each event.

Tea

Our breakfast tea is “Rainforest Alliance” certified and our herbal teas come from the Brew Tea Co. which is a Certified B Corporation, a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Their bags are also 100% plastic-free and compostable. We are liaising with our suppliers to ensure more of our food produce is sustainable.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about our array of sustainable initiatives, contact The Brewery today.

Our team of experts will be more than happy to discuss our unique venue, your requirements and our eco-friendly approach with you.

We look forward to hearing from you.