P&J Live venue unveils major sustainability campaign

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Aberdeen’s P&J Live venue has unveiled details of a major sustainability campaign set to boost its environmental credentials.

As part of P&J Live’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions target by 2050, the multi-faceted sustainability strategy calls on stakeholders to join forces to take meaningful strides to minimise the impact of events on the environment.

Having recently commissioned sustainability specialists, Positive Planet, to act as the venue’s net zero consultants, P&J Live has been able to measure its 2023 emissions and has started the implementation of a carbon reduction plan to actively reduce the site’s carbon footprint. Several complementary sustainability initiatives around its energy strategy, transportation, food supply, waste and marketing will further help the venue to halve greenhouse gas emissions before 2030.

Staff and key stakeholders have made their own personal commitment to help reduce the ASM Global-operated venue’s carbon emissions by signing a sustainability pledge, which includes mindful activities such as switching off lights when not in use.

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P&J Live, which opened in 2019 at a cost of £333m, features a 10,000-capacity arena and 48,000 square metres of multi-purpose event space.

Rob Wicks, managing director of P&J Live, said: “From conferences to live entertainment, the industry is seeing increased demand for sustainable buildings and sustainable venue practices, with artists such as Coldplay and Billie Eilish actively pushing towards fully sustainable tours.

“With everything that was originally designed into the building and wider site, including a low carbon energy centre to power, heat and cool the venue, an anaerobic digestion plant that generates gas from local food and crop waste, as well as our various certifications and initiatives, I feel we are well placed to cater for what artists, event organisers and delegates need as we improve our combined sustainability performance – I like to call it our superpower!

“There is still a lot of work to be done, but by measuring our carbon emissions we have a clear benchmark to work from as we commence our carbon reduction plans. It’s also been most encouraging to see the support from the team internally and we work towards consolidating all our green initiatives into a set of meaningful goals and our own in-house pledge.”

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