The NEC saves a billion litres of water

The NEC Birmingham has announced it has saved 927 million litres of water during ten years of NEC Sustain – the venue’s all-encompassing environmental programme.

This news follows the venue’s launch of ‘Prevent’, the latest campaign for the programme that focuses on how waste management supports the development of greener events.

NEC Sustain has been striving for sustainability for the last decade.  One of the first initiatives under the programme was the adoption of a washroom water conservation system, developed by Derby-based HSG.

The NEC was the first venue to use HSG’s Ureco and Uretech system ten years ago by installing 800 urinals across the site.  In the first year of its installation, the system saved 82.5m litres of water – enough to fill 33 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The Ureco system traps smells, whilst the Uretech element can reduce urinal flushes from around 96 times to just four times a day, thus saving money on utility bills by reducing water usage, as well as maintenance and repairs.

NEC Group FM contracts support manager, Steve Cartmell, said: “With upwards of 2.4million visitors coming through our doors each year, working with HSG UK on our bathroom provisions has been a simple and effective way to help meet our sustainability commitments and helps us on our way to achieving greener events.”

HSG managing director, Simon Rice, added: “The NEC was an early adopter of the Ureco system and its demonstrable commitment to water conservation has been a major factor in encouraging other businesses and venues across the UK to follow its lead and adopt the Ureco in their own washrooms.

“The NEC has therefore led the way in washroom water conservation, and I commend its continued vision to environmental sustainability.”

The venue also employs many other sustainability-focused efforts, including energy saving escalators, AI, lanyard recycling, and a zero to landfill initiative.

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