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Reaching Net Zero in 2030 - a 13 year journey so far.

02 Mar 2023
Sustainability Theatre

The Business Design Centre (BDC) has, in May 2022, released the company’s roadmap to Net-Zero, explaining how it intends to achieve this ambitious target by 2030 - 20 years ahead of the internationally recognised target of 2050 for businesses.

The BDC has made a 66.7% reduction in emissions over the last three years, with the total footprint of the business down from 1100 tonnes CO2 e in 2018/19 to 358 tonnes CO2 e in 2021/22. The London venue has been CarbonNeutral® certified since 2010, working with Climate Impact Partners to measure and offset its emissions, but this roadmap is evidence that the BDC is accelerating its path to Net-Zero, and sharing the steps it is taking.

To reach Net-Zero before 2030, the venue will need to make significant infrastructure changes to switch fuel usage contributing to its Scope 1 emissions, and support those who operate from the conference and exhibition centre in their activities. Having already made the switch to a renewable electricity provider, improved waste recycling and composting, and increased energy efficiency throughout all venue and business operations in the building the venue has experience and advice to share with the industry.

It has been a long journey since the BDC first became carbon neutral in 2010. But reaching Net Zero isn’t a challenge to be tackled alone, the industry is going to need to come together, sharing knowledge and adapting to evolving best practice in order to make impactful change.

Kate Vandenburg, Marketing & Communications Director - Business Design Centre