We're excited to today reveal plans for the SWG3 site to go net zero within the next four years. Having already taken actions including switching to a renewable energy supply, calculating our operational carbon footprint and offsetting our emissions, rolling out trials of products to reduce plastic waste at events and our innovative new sustainability-focused BODYHEAT project, we aim to radically reduce our carbon footprint, becoming net zero by 2025 or sooner.

Our goal is to become a leader for responsible business in the cultural sector, and we are working with leading sustainability and innovation consultant Stance to make this happen. Recognising the current climate emergency, our ambitious new approach will focus on how to make the most significant changes possible within the shortest time, whilst acknowledging all ways to further improve in the future. 

Today’s net zero announcement comes ahead of November’s COP26, during which we're thrilled to be hosting The New York Times Climate Hub. Throughout the summit, The New York Times will be taking over all three storeys of the venue. Visitors will be offered an expansive space to network and socialise alongside world-class climate photography, documentary screenings and performances, and multiple bars and dining spaces.

Andrew Fleming-Brown, MD of SWG3, said: “SWG3 beginning its journey towards achieving net zero, coupled with the approach of the The New York Times Climate Hub, makes this an incredibly exciting time for us. 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.”

The first major milestone in SWG3’s journey toward net zero was reached in an assessment of our own carbon emissions which helped create a baseline on which to benchmark future reductions. Short term, we have 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. One way we aim to achieve this is through the launch of the BODYHEAT project. The state-of-the-art 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. 

Work on the project is now underway, coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow next month. From 3rd - 11th November, The New York Times Climate Hub will see SWG3 welcome some of the world’s most powerful voices when it comes to climate change including Pakistani activist for female education and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, renowned artist Oliver Jeffers and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson who is an author, strategist, teacher and one of 15 “women who will save the world,” according to Time magazine.

Meryl Gilbert, Commercial Manager at SWG3, said: “As an organisation that continually strives to be as sustainable as possible, we are thrilled to be hosting The New York Times Climate Hub over COP26. The ambitious 10-day event is totally unlike anything we’ve ever held before, but as a vast and vibrant cultural hub in the centre of Glasgow, we’ll offer a unique home to some of the world’s most crucial voices in climate change. Leaders in business, environmental action, science and culture will all be welcomed by SWG3 while November’s pivotal COP26 summit takes place in our city.” 

Read more about our mission of Going Net Zero

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