Sustainability at the RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference & Exhibition

The conference is working towards limiting its impact on the environment through careful consumption of energy and resources. This includes, among others, electronically circulating meeting materials, not producing unnecessary conference materials and choosing environmentally-friendly and socially-friendly products, as well as providing healthy food and hosting meetings and social events in central locations.

  • Maintains a zero to landfill status
  • Hand-sort all of their waste for recycling and, wherever possible, 100% of waste is recycled and reused. 
  • Has installed 925 photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof, allowing them to generate its own renewable energy for the next 20 years and significantly reduce their CO2 emissions.  
  • Uses LED lighting across the campus 
  • Collects rainwater on the roof of the building, accounting for 40% of the water used for flushing toilets within the arena.
  • Has an energy watch team who ensures energy usage is effectively managed and all wastage is monitored and curbed through staff education and feedback. 
  • Equipped kitchens with food waste trackers. This means up to 55 tonnes of waste are diverted from landfill every three years
  • Leftover food from lunch bags is donated to the local homeless network where possible.
  • Uses vegware plant-based catering disposables made from renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials, and can be composted along with food waste.  Once taken to composting, it will break down in a commercial composting facility in less than 12 weeks.
  • Cylinders from fire extinguishers across the campus are recycled and their powder is turned into fertiliser. 
  • Generated over £1.8bn in economic impact to the local economy since opening in 2008.
  • Facilitate clients to donate leftover items from conferences and exhibitions to local community groups.
  • Unclaimed lost property items are donated to local homeless charities on a quarterly basis.
  • Secure bicycle parking on site.
  • Provide clients with environmentally friendly preferred suppliers.
  • The hotels and social events are all located on the event campus or in the city centre and you can walk between them all.
  • The venue provides waste separation bins in the conference area.
  • We are using reusable crockery instead of disposable coffee cups at the conference. At very busy periods, we may make use of single-use paper recyclable cups to manage demand. These are 100% compostable.
  • For a number of years we have been providing facilities to refill water bottles. We will no longer supply single-use plastic water bottles.
  • Printed materials are kept to a minimum. We have reduced the printed programme book down to a fold-out pocket guide.  The full conference proceedings can be found on the conference app.  We will continue to offer a pocket guide at registration, for those who want one. However, we will be steadily reducing the numbers ordered each year. We also reuse (handing out unmarked returned copies to delegates) and recycle all returned copies of the pocket guide.
  • All marketing materials promoting the event are conducted electronically.
  • Conference registration is entirely online, and booking confirmations are electronic.
  • Conference delegate badges made of paper (FSC certified) and no plastic badge wallets are used.
  • We reuse conference lanyards.
  • We are working with sponsors and exhibitors to minimise materials they, or delegates, dispose of whilst at the conference.
  • The venue is located in the city centre, all hotels and social venues are located by walking distance from each other – walk and explore the city, use public transportation or the city bikes instead of taking taxis.
  • If you can’t avoid flying, please note that there are excellent bus shuttles running from the airport to the city centre.
  • Calculate your carbon footprint using the WWF environmental footprint calculator. Whether you’re able to attend or not, it’s a great tool for tracking your impact on the planet, and learning about what changes you can make to limit it. 
  • Please make sure to deposit your lanyard and badge in the reuse boxes provided at conference registration.
  • Please follow the waste separation instructions at the venue.
  • There will be water fountains at key points, please bring a reusable water bottle with you.
  • Be thoughtful about all conference-related printing that you do, and aim to reduce this where possible.
  • Pens and paper will not be provided to delegates to encourage the re-use of both paper and pens. Delegates should bring notepads made from scrap paper.
  • Alternatively, use the ‘notes’ feature on the digital conference platform instead of using a pen and paper to take notes. This feature will allow users to add personal notes for each session and email a copy as a spreadsheet.
  • Send fewer emails – research commissioned by OVO Energy in 2019 found that if each UK adult sent just one less ‘thank you’ email a day, it would save over 16,433 tonnes of carbon a year – the same as 81,1522 flights to Madrid or taking 3,3343 diesel cars off the road.