ExCeL London

ExCeL London

20 Feb 2020

Our strategy focuses on four key areas: reducing waste, increasing energy efficiency, delivering more sustainable food choices and supporting our local community.


  • From October 2020, our energy supply will be from 100% renewable sources and since introducing LED lighting, we’ve reduced energy consumption by 22%.


  • When it comes to reducing waste, we will be seeking to build on the work we have undertaken recently – and the success of that work. Last year, our No Plastic campaign helped to remove 186,000 plastic bottles from the venues and all plastic straws. We now have four water fountains for refilling water bottles and our boulevard retailers offer discount to anyone with reusable cups.


  • We have the UK’s largest commercial wormery for recycling vegetable waste, we use waterless urinals which save 16 million litres of water per year, and none of our waste goes to landfill: over half is recycled; the rest is used to create renewable energy


  • When it comes to food, through culinary innovation and ingredient repurposing we will reduce our food waste by 20% by the end of the year. Our hospitality menus use a minimum of 80% British seasonal fruit and vegetables; if it comes on a plane, we won’t use it. We no longer promote red meat on our hospitality menus, as we strive to reduce red meat consumption by 50% by the end of 2020. 25% of our menus are already plant-based, vegan or vegetarian.


  • Over the course of the next year, we will continue our support for a number of local community partners – in a number of different ways – including Community Food Enterprise (whose mission is to provide healthy and nutritious food for those in need, across the London Borough of Newham, including the homeless, isolated elderly and refugees), Newham All Stars Sports Academy (who work with children and young people from Newham to provide sports coaching, as a way of preventing them from engaging in antisocial behaviour and knife crime), Richard House Children’s Hospice (providing care to children, with life limiting illnesses, and support for their families), London Academy of Excellence (which seeks to provide a greater opportunity for Newham’s young people to get into the UK’s top universities. The school prioritises places for students eligible for free school meals), Bonny Downs (a local community association, who provide a weekly lunch for homeless and deprived people) and others.


  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval