The Kia Oval has been awarded the silver sustainability award at the London Venue Awards, which were recently held at the ground.
It is the second award in recent weeks for the ground’s sustainability efforts after it won a prestigious Sports Business Award the week before, in another ceremony staged in the ground’s brand new One Oval Square development inside the Galadari Stand.
The ground narrowly lost out to the gold award winning historic Barbican venue in central London, but were ranked above other major contenders including ExCel London in Docklands and the Royal College of Physicians near Regents Park.
Elements of the Club’s sustainability work are listed below and – during this summer’s Test Match between England and India – the Club unveiled our latest pledge, to work towards making The Kia Oval a carbon neutral venue.
- Every drink bought at the ground is served in a reusable, recyclable glass. Disposable pint glasses have not been used since 2015.
- All other drinks are either served in cans or decanted into reusable glasses or carafes from glass bottles.
- Fourteen water fountains have been installed around the ground to allow fans to refill their own bottles.
- Fans are allowed to bring empty refillable coffee cups and water bottles into the ground, which will be filled by all vendors around the Kia Oval.
- All electricity at the Kia Oval is generated from renewable energy.
- All conferences and events at the ground are serviced by filtered water in reusable glass bottles that are then retained, washed and reused for future events.
- Where appropriate, all food is served in compostable packaging and the ground has installed a comprehensive compostable waste stream, solving a problem where food waste would spoil large parts of the Club’s dry mixed recycling.
- The Club has instigated a procurement strategy focused on ensuring vendors sell products that have fully recyclable or compostable packaging.
- Kitchens at the Kia Oval use an ‘Orca’ machine which processes food waste into a liquid that be disposed of using the regular drainage system.
- The shop at the Kia Oval offers recyclable paper bags rather than plastic bags.
- Plastic straws and sauce sachets have not been used at the ground since 2018.
- The Club always seeks to partner with likeminded organisations and charities to allow us to constantly improve and innovate.