Being Green – A Look At P&J Live's Sustainability Efforts
P&J Live is Aberdeen’s purpose-built, state-of-the-art events venue, with a flexible range of spaces. The world-class facility is able to host anything from small meetings and conferences to large arena shows for global artists and acts of any genre.
The venue is extremely versatile, but what many don’t know is that it is an incredibly sustainable building, which holds the highest BREEAM certification rating of ‘excellent’. P&J Live is currently the most sustainable venue in the UK, being powered by an onsite energy centre fuelled using Aberdeen households’ food and garden waste. The energy centre not only powers our venue, but it also provides energy to the two on-site hotels.
P&J Live is also almost completely paperless, with the use of digital tickets and in-venue signage key components of a paperless strategy. Not only does this mean that the venue can easily swap out digital wayfinding, but can also promote upcoming shows through digital video instead of the traditional poster sites and flyering that exist at other UK venues.
When construction took place, the venue was also designed to attract wildlife as well as people to the area, with over 29,000 trees and shrubs having been planted within the New Burn corridor park. This means that the venue is a pleasant area for our visitors and locals to walk around and the grounds are home to a selection of wild animals too.
We spoke with some of our fellow team members on our sustainability efforts…
Kim Stephen, Head of Sales for Conferences, Meetings and Banqueting said: “We are proud to be the most sustainable event complex in the UK, a big part of that sits with our two-part on-site energy centre. It produces renewable energy, heating, powering and cooling ourselves and the two onsite hotels. It produces enough power that we don’t need to take anything from the national grid.”
Whilst Entertainment Sales Manager, Ross Allerton explained: “We have recently signed the net-zero carbon events pledge. We are committed to achieving net-zero by 2050 and halving our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.” Read more about this pledge here.
Louise Jackson, Director of Food & Beverage, also explained: “Where possible, P&J Live will source food and beverage items from local producers and suppliers. This means that the venue is considerate of its carbon footprint, not shipping goods from hundreds or thousands of miles away. It also means we are supporting local businesses too.”
P&J Live has made fantastic progress by operating in such a sustainable building, but we know sustainability is not an overnight success, and there is still some work to be done. We can still strive for more and are always looking at areas for improvement, which is why we have regular sustainability meetings with our staff to continue to look at different ways we can help the planet.
Along with our goal of being net-zero by 2050, we are also aiming to achieve a recognition from Attitude Is Everything - a Charter initiative pairing with audiences, artists and professionals within the music and live events industry to help improve deaf and disabled people’s access to such events. We are currently working on achieving a Bronze recognition with the end goal to work our way up to the Platinum award.
If you would like to learn more about our venue’s and ASM Global’s sustainability efforts, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I buy a VIP View Bar Upgrade?
You can purchase a VIP View Bar Upgrade to selected events here. It includes early access, fast-track entry, complimentary drink on arrival and access to the View Bar before, during and post-show.
- How can I purchase tickets for a concert at P&J Live?
Tickets are available from our ticketing agent Ticketmaster on www.ticketmaster.co.uk
P&J Live do not sell tickets directly.
- How do I register for access to venue presale?
For certain events, venue presale tickets might be on offer. This means you'll be access tickets before they go on general sale.
To gain access to our exclusive venue presale, sign up to our newsletterhere and we will send you an email with the presale link for tickets go on general sale!
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- How can I book a table at 195 Bar & Grill?
Our 195 Bar & Grill offers a unique dining experience before selected shows at P&J Live. You can check availability and book a table here.
- Will I be able to purchase food at P&J Live?
There is a wide range of food and beverage options available to purchase for concerts and events, including catering outlets offering a variety of hot food options.
Please note - it is against venue policy to allow patrons to bring in their own food and drink to the venue. At P&J live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card payments, this is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction. There are therefore no cash machines on the TECA site.
- Is there parking available at P&J Live?
Yes, there is parking available on-site at P&J Live.
There are various ways to pay for your parking at P&J Live
On site payment machines: We accept both cash and card payments on site, pay on exit is required by entering your vehicle registration at any one of our machines located in the car parks. Please note payment machines only take coins and not notes.
APCOA Connect App: Up to 24 hour after you have left the venue, you can pay for your parking on the APCOA Connect App. Once you have downloaded the app, use location code 6680 for the Sub-T Car Park (underground) and location code 2356 for the Surface Car Park.
You can also pay for parking via the APCOA website here, click which car park you parked in and then you will be able to pay for parking.
- Can I pay by cash within P&J Live?
At P&J Live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card and contactless payments. This is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction.
There are no cash machines on the TECA sites.
- What bus can take me to P&J Live?
Regular buses will be coming in and out of the complex daily for public use. Details on bus routes and operators are still in discussion and any updates will be posted on the getting here page of the website.
Currently, the Stagecoach Bluebird Jet Service 727 runs regularly from Aberdeen City Centre to Aberdeen Airport, stopping in the TECA site.
- How do I purchase accessible seating for a show at P&J Live?
All the tickets for our Special Access Platform are sold via our ticket agent Ticketmaster.
Further information on accessibility at the Venue can be found on our Accessibility page.