30 Mar 2015

Olympia London turned the lights out on Saturday 28th March in support of World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world’s attention on our planet, and the need to protect it. In partnership with the Ideal Home Show, which runs at the venue until 6 April, Olympia joined iconic London landmarks and thousands of British businesses in the united display of darkness, which was held between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday. Shortlisted for the Exhibition News Eco Award 2015 Olympia London is known for its industry leading work in sustainability.

The annual Earth Hour initiative, which helps raise awareness of climate change, complements the venue’s existing sustainability programme. “We are delighted to take part in this worthwhile campaign,” said Siân Richards, Sustainability Manager at Olympia London. “We work extremely hard to ensure that we stay at the forefront of sustainability issues – particularly in introducing venue wide measures to help flight global climate change, exactly what Earth Hour stands for. The event is a great opportunity for all venues in the UK and across the world to show solidarity in their commitment to help the environment.”

The annual campaign saw a record 172 countries and territories and over 1,400 of the world’s most iconic landmarks switch off, sending out a united message of support. In the UK, landmarks including Big Ben and London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge and the Gherkin joined forces with more than 1,000 businesses to complete the blackout. For the first year, The Ritz London also turned its lights off in the show of support.

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Notes to Editors

About Olympia London

Olympia London is more than an exhibition venue, conference centre and live-event space. It’s an inspiration. Against a backdrop of grand Victorian architecture, the seven connected spaces inspire engagement and enjoyment. The recent £40 million redevelopment of Olympia West and Central has provided the venue with new-found flexibility for events of every size, bringing modern facilities and British heritage together.

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour, organised by WWF, is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. Last year was the biggest yet, with hundreds of millions of people taking part across a record 162 countries and 7,000 towns and cities alongside world famous landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to Times Square in New York. In 2015 Earth Hour was held on 28th March 2015 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. wwf.org.uk/earthhour

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, creating solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature thrive. Find out more about our work, past and present at wwf.org.uk.

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For further information please contact: Belinda Liversedge, Communications Manager, Olympia London Belinda.liversedge@olympia.co.uk / (0)20 7370 2777 www.olympia.co.uk