Conference News March 2019 - Page 11

11 Not-so-fantastic plastic at ExCeL With more than 8m tonnes of plastic being thrown away each year, single-use plastic is one of the world’s most talked about topics. ExCeL London, however, claims it is taking positive steps to reduce waste and is launching a ‘No Plastic’ campaign to outline the venue’s commitment to this global issue. Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London (pictured), commented: “Waste from single-use plastic is a critical issue for our industry. We need to take a position on this to significantly reduce the amount of waste that we generate.” With a remit to cater for over 4m visitors every year, ExCeL has initially focused on the role of the 27 retailers along the venue’s central boulevard. All plastic straws have been removed from point of sale and suppliers have committed to offering discounts to customers who have a reusable coffee cup. To reduce the disposal of hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles, permanent water fountains have been installed to provide free chilled water to visitors, exhibitors and organisers who bring a reusable container. As contaminated waste can often end up in landfill, a new bin infrastructure with clearer waste streams is being installed, enabling visitors to sort their waste more easily which will reduce environmental impact, while allowing guests to make more sustainable choices. MOVING UP Digest Chris Rooney InterContinental London – The O2 has announced the appointment of Chris Rooney as talent and culture manager. Adrian Santos Adrian Santos has been appointed as food and beverage manager at the newly opened Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre. Ben Ludwell Arora Hotels has announced the appointment of Ben Ludwell as general manager of The Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Rebecca Creasey Maritim Hotels has welcomed back Rebecca Creasey in a new role as account manager, Conference and Incentive Travel. Nialls Guinness CN editor Martin Fullard (right) has a bright idea after being photobombed by Mash Media publishing director Simon Farnfield (left). Unfortunately, they were both up an Alp, in the dark, at 10pm, and ideas were reserved for getting back down again safely. www.conference-news.co.uk East of England Arena and Events Centre has appointed Nialls Guinness to the post of ops assistant.