Central Hall Westminster, London’s central conference centre, has launched a new initiative to make your meetings even more sustainable. As of January 2018, associations may ask the venue to use their carbon calculator for your upcoming event. This calculator will allow you to estimate the carbon impact of your event and either work to reduce it or undertake a carbon offset.
Using data from their partner Green Tourism, the calculator takes into consideration the carbon associated with the venue itself and the energy and water used by the venue space you are hiring. By choosing to offset, a procedure of neutralisation of a tonne of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) emitted in one place avoids the release of a tonne of CO2e elsewhere. Another way of offsetting is to absorb a tonne of CO2e is which would otherwise have remained in the atmosphere.
The venue will be donating all money donated to offset carbon throughout 2018 to The Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.