The Venues Collection to become first UK hotel and venue group to install Solar Powered EV Charging

The Venues Collection will become the first UK hotel and venue group to install solar powered EV (electric vehicle) charging points at all its venues. The installation of these charging points will be rolled out across all venues this summer, and will enable delegates and guests to charge their electric vehicles using renewable energy. This initiative is part of the Group’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices in the events industry.

Jo Austin, Sales Director of The Venues Collection said: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, and we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and supporting sustainability across our industry. By installing these charging canopies, we are encouraging more people to choose electric vehicles and helping to reduce the carbon emissions associated with travel to events.

“Solar-powered EV charging points produce zero carbon emissions, making them an eco-friendly alternative to traditional charging methods that rely on fossil fuels. Sustainability is important to delegates, so by choosing a venue group that is committed to sustainable practices, event organisers can trust that their events will leave a positive impact on both the environment and their attendees.”

The installation of solar EV charging points is just one of the many sustainability initiatives that The Venues Collection has implemented in recent years under their Meetings for Change initiative, which is a five-point charter focussing on sustainable food options and best practice. The Group was also the first venue group to introduce carbon labelling on all menus (June 2022) and is committed to reach Climate Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030.

The Venues Collection is part of Lime Venue Portfolio and is the residential venue business of Compass Group UK & Ireland. The Group has six event and training sites across the South West, South East, and East & West Midlands.