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Water – one of the keys to ensuring truly green conferences and events

December 11, 2009

Water – one of the keys to ensuring truly green conferences and events

This is something they are talking about a lot at the Copenhagen climate change conference, it is vital to ensuring your events and our venue is truly sustainable. The combined effects of increasing temperatures increasing populations and increasing development are inevitably going to put a very heavy strain on water resources.  Put it another way the average person in England uses 150 liters of water a day 50% more than 25 years ago.

What can we do? – Well these are a few of the things we have done at Cavendish Conference Venues:

  • Water meters: You have to start by knowing where you are, how much you use etc.
  • Regular readings: ensure there are no leakages in your system; it was only through our twice daily readings that we indentified a leak beneath a kitchen floor. Minimization: working with we have identified a number of areas where we can save water i.e:
  • We have installed flow controllers in taps throughout
  •  We have installed ‘hippos’ in all toilets
  • We have cut to zero our use of plastic / glass mineral water through the introduction of the pure water system, we now offer all delegates / organizers free of charge chilled purified still and sparking water.


Linked to water use is pollution, not spoiling the remaining water. We started by trialing the use of non phosphorus chemicals at our Cavendish venues, after a successful trial we have moved to ensure that all cleaning products from carpet cleaning products to kitchen cleaning items to ensure they are all as green and sustainable as possible.

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