Reducing Carbon Emissions with NEC Group - Biffa


Working in partnership with leading international facilities service specialist OCS Group and Biffa, the NEC Group is taking its next steps towards net zero by 2040, by improving its sustainable waste management operations. This forms part of the NEC Group’s newly published Better Events ESG Plan. 


The partnership, formed in August 2020, uses fewer vehicles to travel fewer miles to deliver higher compaction rates. This is achieved through the implementation of one vehicle and driver onsite 24/7, scheduling food collections supported by the wider fleet, a higher specification packer technology to drive time and volume efficiencies, and a continued drive to reduce, reuse and recycle. This supports the Group’s ambitions to make its waste management practices more environmentally friendly.  

These carbon savings also equate to the carbon emissions from charging 27m mobile phones, travelling 569,108 miles in an average family car, or the electricity needed to power 257 average UK homes for a year.

The Group has reduced its carbon tonnes per annum by near 85% since the partnership began, with further improvements planned. Biffa is due to open a new waste management centre in Meriden this summer, just four miles from the NEC Group headquarters. This is set to save even more carbon by reducing the current travel miles. 

Through strategic partnerships and a dedicated workforce, the NEC Group, OCS and Biffa have effectively demonstrated that sustainable practices are attainable and better for business. 

Biffa and NEC staff in front of Biffa vehicle
Through our innovative partnerships, we have successfully amassed a carbon savings equivalent to the collective oxygen generated by 3,670 tree saplings over the span of a decade. We are here to change the way people think about waste, and this achievement showcases how we can harness innovation to tackle climate change and work towards a net zero future.
Kerry-Louise Halford, Regional Commercial Manager