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SWG3 reveals plans to reach net zero within the next four years



Scottish events venue SWG3 has revealed plans to reach net zero within the next four years.

The arts venue has already taken action to switch to a renewable energy supply, calculating their operational carbon footprint and offsetting their emissions, rolling out trials of products to reduce plastic waste at events.

The venue is also hoping to use a new sustainability-focused Bodyheat project that aims to create heat by gathering energy emitted through visitors, staff and customers.

The renewable heating system will harness and convert body heat energy from customers, visitors and staff before transporting it to boreholes where it can be stored for days, weeks or even months.

SWG3 aims to reduce its carbon footprint to becoming net zero by 2025 or sooner.

It’s new approach will focus on how to make the most significant changes possible within the shortest time, while acknowledging ways to further improve in the future.

The venue has announced plans to establish a dedicated green team who will oversee, measure and advocate positive change from within the venue.

Single-use plastic will also be removed from all SWG3’s events, sustainable supply and partnership policies will be implemented, and two acres of garden space will be created around the site to make space for community growing, beehives and biodiverse planting.

Longer term actions include adopting a more sustainable, circular approach to waste and energy management, eventually reaching carbon positive status by generating more energy than is used.

Andrew Fleming-Brown, managing director at SWG3, said: “After a lot of hard work, research and consultancy with experts in sustainability and climate change we are delighted to be revealing our plans to reach net zero emissions by 2025 or sooner.

“We have a lot of work to do, but over the next 12 months we are committed to building a solid foundation upon which we can transform our organisation into a more sustainable one. We know this won’t be easy, but we understand the severity of the climate emergency, as well as our potential to influence our community, industry and beyond. We want to lead by example.”

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