The host of international climate change conference COP26, the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, has announced its new food strategy which aims ensure that sustainable, responsible, and healthier choices sit at the heart of the venue’s events.
The new strategy has been implemented ahead of SEC hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), taking place 1st – 12th November 2021.
The renewed approach on food has been developed over the past two years with its official catering and hospitality partner Levy UK + I (the sports, and hospitality division of Compass Group UK and Ireland). It includes a pledge to source at least 80% of its food from Scotland, with all produce sourced from high-welfare producers with sustainable agriculture processes.
SEC will champion high quality, environmentally friendly local suppliers in areas such as fruit and vegetables, meat and bread. The food and drink offering will offer a broader range of plant-based options alongside premium and low-impact, local animal protein sources.
SEC’s new food strategy also includes a plan for packaging, with a commitment that all packaging used will be reusable or recyclable by 2023. The venue also aims to have reduced kitchen wastage to under 1% of food purchases by 2025 or sooner. Food waste will continue to be diverted from landfill to anaerobic digestion processing.
According to SEC, the venue was the first accredited ‘Healthy Venue’ in the world by the World Obesity Federation. Its commitment to sustainable food and drink offerings will be an integral part of the continuing focus on health as a core value, according to the venue.