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Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2013
In keeping with the venue’s 2011 pledge to becoming a low-carbon building and minimising negative impacts on the environment, Friends House has transferred its London offices, including 23 meeting spaces, to using 100% renewable, non-nuclear sources. The home of the Quakers in Britain will now be powered by a mix of 57% wind, 30% solar, 7% hydro and 6% Biogen energy.
“Friends House has teamed up with over 30 Quaker meeting houses to collectively buy electricity from Good Energy. Moving to green electricity is part of a wider initiative to improve Friends House’s carbon profile. Sustainability has become an increasingly important topic for event organisers and the meetings and events industry; this is a significant step towards our goals and commitment to green credentials,” comments, Paul Grey, Head of Hospitality, Friends House. “We hope that this strong commitment to renewable energy will encourage others to make the switch too.”
Sustainability is central to the refurbishment of Friends House’s flagship meeting space, the Large Meeting Hall, which will include wall insulation and energy efficient lighting and heat. In October, Friends House took steps to disinvest from companies engaged in extracting fossil fuels, as it goes against their commitment to be a sustainable, low-carbon community. In addition, the onsite restaurant reflects the Quaker values by using fairly-traded, local, organic, free range and sustainable products – including herbs from their garden.
The historic headquarters of the Quakers in Britain, Friends House, the largest conference space in Euston and Kings Cross offers 23 flexible and competitively-priced meeting spaces in the heart of Euston.