We are constantly striving to minimise our impact on the environment and coming up with innovative ways of doing so.

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We are the first and only royal college to achieve The Carbon Trust Standard which is the world’s leading independent certification of an organisation’s achievements in reducing environmental impact. We also hold ISO 14001 standard certification for environmental best practice.

Sustainability is a key part of our everyday operations across all areas of the business including catering, waste management and energy. Our strategic objectives have been to look at all areas of our business to ensure all of our suppliers and service partners are environmentally conscious and committed to helping to improve our waste streams and lowering our carbon footprint substantially in the next three years.

We recently formed an exciting partnership with bio-bean, the world’s largest recycler of spent coffee grounds, to transform our 3,500 kg of waste coffee grounds a year into sustainable bio-products. Our coffee grounds, which formerly went into the RCP’s food waste and were processed by anaerobic digestion (AD) into compost, will now be diverted and recycled into eco-friendly fire logs, saving 70 % of the CO2e emissions versus the grounds being sent to AD.

Recycling waste coffee grounds into coffee logs not only saves on emissions but also harnesses the untapped energy contained in the grounds to give them a second life as a useful product. This new initiative will further add to our sustainable efforts this year and in years to come.

Sustainability at the RCP

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Now more than ever supporting our supplier communities is integral to our approach and with our venues in and around London we have a fantastic ready-made supply chain and here are a few of our local suppliers featured throughout our menus. 

  • Implementing a robust waste management programme throughout the venue to significantly reduce plastic waste and increase recycling.

  • Working with energy efficient technology, such as Multi-Functional Devices, to drastically reduce paper consumption.

  • Switching our electricity provision entirely to 100% renewable energy and uses.

  • Using eight wormeries to recycle kitchen and garden waste. The resulting liquid feed is then fed to our plants and the fine vermicompost is used as a top-dressing.

  • Hot composting our garden waste which is then used as a mulch and soil improver.

  • Using local and seasonal produce to support British businesses, reducing haulage costs and the environmental impact of transport

  • Increasing the proportion of vegetable-led dishes on menus to combat environmental damage

  • Purchasing high welfare meat and dairy products

  • Serving sustainably caught fish to ensure the future of fish stocks and marine environments

  • Sourcing fairly traded produce to ensure farmers in the developing world have access to a trade system based on justice and fairness

  • Putting sustainable food at the heart of our menus

  • Introducing plant-based menus and reducing beef on our menus.

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RCP London

RCP London Events is situated 5 minutes from Regent’s Park Station and Great Portland Street Station.