Benholm Group have been awarded official plant supplier for COP26 Glasgow
What is COP26?
COP26 is the world’s most significant summit on climate change and in 2021 it was hosted in the UK. COP is an annual event where world leaders come together to agree a collective action plan and set targets that can be enforced fairly, in the global fight against climate change. COP stands for Conference of the Parties.
In 1995 the first COP was held in Berlin and since then the urgency for action against climate change continues to grow in importance.
COP26 concluded in Glasgow with nearly 200 countries agreeing the Glasgow Climate Pact to keep 1.5C alive and finalise the outstanding elements of the Paris Agreement.
The Glasgow Climate Pact, combined with increased ambition and action from countries, means that 1.5C remains in sight and scales up action on dealing with climate impacts, but it will only be delivered with concerted and immediate global efforts.
COP26 is the biggest summit the UK has ever hosted.
Find out more about the conference here: https://ukcop26.org/
When was COP26?
COP26 was held in Glasgow from 31st October until 12th November.
The conference was held at The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, G3 8YW. The SEC has won the Gold Green Tourism Award and is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations.
What are Benholm Group involved in at COP26?
Benholm Group were honoured to be awarded the official plant supplier at COP26.
At Benholm we design, create and install living walls, plants and flowers for sectors including corporate, hospitality and interior design across Scotland and the UK. We also thrive on the creativity required to bring events to life and we used plants and flowers to bring a fresh look and a lush focal point to The Scottish Event Campus for COP26.
Many of our plants that we had at COP26 were planted using our own-brand, peat-free, eco-friendly Enviroculture planting system designed and installed by Benholm to add some vibrant greenery in and around the conference.
We’re delighted to have designed and installed unforgettable plant and floral displays for some of the biggest brands in the world including Grey Goose, Bombay Sapphire and Jack Daniels. Our build team are experts in large scale event décor. From major sporting events, annual occasions and conferences to graduation ceremonies and trade shows, we help customers amp up their events when they really needed it.
Our amazing plant maintenance technician Steve was featured on Sky News! Have a look at the video:
What is Enviroculture?
Enviroculture by Benholm is a peat-free, sustainable, planting system which directly contributes towards the protection of our natural peatlands. By using Enviroculture we demonstrated a responsible attitude towards the protection of our planet. Our living green walls can be planted using our Enviroculture. The system does not require soil or compost for the plants to grow and is therefore totally soil-free as well as peat-free. It’s a very clean system, free from soil-borne pest and bacteria, and has a positive effect on the environment. Benholm have been working with Green Tourism to promote Enviroculture to venues that are Green Tourism accredited.
COP26 was hosted very close to our Benholm Group Head Office which is in Melons Place in Falkirk. We’re only 33 miles away from the COP26 event venue The Scottish Event Campus. The Benholm Head Office is nestled in a beautiful rural location. The premises embrace the local architectural style and utilise a range of eco-friendly initiatives – from biomass boiler heating to rainwater harvesting. It really is the perfect setting for us to work to create a brighter and more sustainable future.
Supporting COP26 shows that we are extremely invested in the success of COP26. Benholm are committed to tackling climate change and caring for the environment. We’ve got the Environmental Management System (EMS) Certification ISO 14001. Certification to ISO 14001 demonstrates that our organisation is proactively working to minimise its impact on the environment.
Benholm Group were very proud to have been a part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games which was a huge event, we provided a range of bespoke and engaging displays to enhance the Athletes Village. The Glasgow 2014 committee tasked us with the design, creation and installation of a large number of displays throughout the village. Benholm Group are able to cope with large scale events. For more information please have a look at https://www.benholm.com/commonwealth-games/
COP26 was a very important global stage for Benholm Group to show how what we do as a company helps to provide cleaner air, health and well-being benefits and boosts mood and productivity through plants.
As the official plant supplier at COP26 provided:
During the COP26 event we had a team member from Benholm Group on site the whole time to ensure all displays were kept in fresh condition.
We can offer:
Benholm Group are also involved in many related events in other venues in the area and we helped Scotland’s hotels to ‘green-up’ for welcoming guests.
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