Environmental sustainability and health at the BMA

We are an environmentally responsible association. Find out more about what we are doing to further reduce our carbon footprint.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Last reviewed: 21 April 2022
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Reducing our carbon footprint

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and are constantly re-evaluating our practices to reduce our carbon footprint further.

This has included installing low-energy motion-sensitive light fittings, 100% renewable energy power supply, fitting water saving devices to assist us in improving water efficiency by reducing use by 5.4 million litres a year and providing facilities for staff wanting to cycle to work.

 

Workplace initiatives

The BMA CSHG (corporate sustainability and health group) aims to inspire staff to uphold our values on sustainability.

The group looks at practical ways of reducing our carbon footprint and is comprised of like-minded colleagues who are passionate about sustainability and health.

Through the group:

  • We participate annually in Earth Day and have created an annual Sustainability and health week to raise awareness and initiate discussions on environmental and health topics.
  • We organise sustainability initiatives throughout the year to help embed sustainability practices such as implementing new recycling processes or reducing our use of single-use items.

 

Recycling

We recycle an increasing proportion of the waste we generate, and BMA House has achieved zero-to-landfill status: all waste produced is either recycled or recovered.

Recycling and waste facilities have replaced personal desk bins in all BMA offices, improving access to recycling waste for all office-based staff. Staff are now able to recycle paper, cardboard, cans, plastics and food waste.

Our recycling processes are regularly reviewed to ensure that we continue to reduce our carbon footprint.

 

Sustainable technology

The Technology services team has also changed its working practices to help reduce the BMA's energy consumption.

  • We use Office 365, allowing us to save and archive files and folders to the cloud reducing the number of machines we use and our energy consumption.
  • We have rationalised our data requirements and moved to specialist data providers where economies of scale and economies of environmental impact are maximised.
  • We use our assets as much as possible to extend the life of equipment and only replace when needed.
  • Staff are encouraged to shut down their machines at night to reduce their environmental impact.
  • Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were already providing comprehensive VC equipment in BMA office meeting rooms and virtual meeting platforms and encourage the use of online meetings to reduce travel as much as possible.

 

BMA House awards

BMA House has received numerous awards in recognition of our sustainability work. BMA House was awarded Green Tourism Gold accreditation in 2017 - the largest and most established sustainable grading programme.

Our Gold Green Tourism award earnt us the opportunity to host the 2018/2019 Global Good Awards. To assist the client to deliver a truly sustainable, fully carbon balanced event, our chef created an all-vegan menu. All event material was printed on 100% recycled 'Revive' paper by the only carbon positive printers in the UK (Seacourt). All suppliers and items for 'goodie-bags' were sourced from sustainable traders and no single-use plastics were used.

Other sustainability awards include 'Greenest Venue' by Hire Space in 2018 and 2019, 'Most Sustainable Venue' by the London Summer Event Show in 2019, and a Silver award for 'Best CSR or Sustainability Initiative' at the 2019 London Venues Awards.

 

 

Sustainable events

We have partnered with the Cross River Partnership to promote a 'Clean Air Walking Route' from Kings Cross, providing delegates with a 'cleaner' journey to BMA House. This route takes guests off the busy Euston Road onto back streets where air pollution is 57% lower.

We monitor a delegate's carbon footprint. Although delegate numbers increased pre-pandemic, our carbon balance has reduced from 9kg per delegate (2014) to 2.8kg (2018).

We are sponsoring the 2022 Sustainable Event Buyer's Guide, and are hosting their Breakfast Launch in April 2022, where we'll showcase BMA House as a green venue to many other event professionals. In addition to maintaining our Gold for Green Tourism, we will be working towards ECOsmart accreditation and become part of their green community.

We are increasing our visibility as a green venue by exhibiting at tradeshows:

  • In 2021, we attended the Sustainable Event Show at the Barbican.
  • In June 2022, we will be attending a new sustainable trade show, Reset Connect. The show will be the UK's largest sustainability ecosystem and green investment gathering.

 

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