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OVO Hydro unveils 2030 net zero commitment

Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC), which includes Scotland’s largest indoor entertainment venue, the OVO Hydro, has announced its ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The organisation, which also runs the SEC Armadillo and SEC Central, said the commitment supports Glasgow’s aims across the same timeline.

SEC said an ambitious energy strategy will be the key part of the transition to net zero, although 100% of the venue’s electricity already comes from renewable sources. Actions around water efficiency, green travel, supply chain engagement and waste management are also being implemented.

Peter Duthie, chief executive of the SEC, said: “More than ever we are focused on the impact our business has on the planet. As the proud host venue of COP26 we are fully committed to becoming net zero by 2030, and to taking a central role in supporting Glasgow’s ambitious targets.

“We recognise how significant a challenge this is, but we are determined to reach this goal. We have the vision and an excellent team, deep in planning mode, to get us there.”

In the run up to COP26 the organisation launched a sustainable food strategy in partnership with Levy UK with a minimum of 80% of all ingredients sourced in Scotland and a commitment that all packaging used will be reusable or recyclable by 2023.

For the past 15 years the SEC has contributed to Trees for Life supporting the growth of 170,000 trees in the Caledonian Forest, and in 2019 a dedicated Environment and Waste Manager was recruited to fulfil the venue’s aim to be more sustainable.

The SEC is a founding partner of the NetZeroCarbon Events pledge which is a collaboration of the world’s leading events industry players who have come together with the goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The SEC is also working towards a Greener Festival’s Greener Arena certification, a global initiative aimed at helping events, festivals and venues become more sustainable and reduce their impact on the environment.

The 14,000-capacity OVO Hydro will this month welcome acts including Amy McDonald and Stereophonics.

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