As the proud sustainability partners for the LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture, we at SAIL have set our sights supporting the year of culture in being the most environmentally sustainable to date. This mission propelled us to roll up our sleeves and dig deep into the environmental foundations of the event.
We introduced Carbon Literacy training to the entire staff, equipping them with the tools to understand and reduce their environmental impact, and set up a dynamic sustainability working group, drawing together minds from all corners of the organisation.
SAIL also took on the task of calculating the carbon impact of every event, creating a baseline from which to create an action plan for driving down the emissions.
One innovative solution was the introduction of a solar/hybrid generator for the WOW Barn Project. Ditching traditional diesel, we instead harnessed the power of the sun, utilising solar panels and batteries. For those less-than-sunny days, we had a backup plan: two synchronised generators running on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil. This ensured an uninterrupted power supply without compromising our green principles.
The results? A significant reduction in the event’s carbon footprint, saving 7 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Through our partnership with LEEDS 2023, we’re demonstrating that sustainability and culture can work hand in hand. We’re excited to continue our journey towards a greener future, one cultural event at a time.