ICC Sydney builds on sustainability credentials

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is building on its commitment to sustainability by achieving Silver Certification by EarthCheck.

The certification is the latest endorsement of the venue’s sustainability achievements. In June this year ICC Sydney’s waste reduction program won the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2020.

To target single-use plastics, ICC Sydney also became a signatory to City of Sydney’s Single-Use Pledge and in 2018 the venue joined the ‘Sydney Doesn’t Suck’ campaign, which removed 520,000 individually wrapped mints from meeting rooms each year and prevented 88,000 straws from entering landfill annually. Coffee cup lids have also been replaced by an opt-in system at kiosks, which saw a 93 per cent reduction in coffee cup lid purchases.

“As the recognised global benchmark for standards in sustainable travel and tourism, this is an important endorsement of our efforts to drive best performance across energy consumption, water use, GHC emissions and waste,” said ICC Sydney’s CEO, Geoff Donaghy.

“Sustainability is a key priority for ICC Sydney and embedded across our organisation. We have implemented rigorous KPIs and work hand in hand with our clients, suppliers and wider communities to track the impact of events and ensure these leave a positive legacy.”

ICC Sydney’s Corporate Social Responsibility executive, Katie Boone, said the certification is the culmination of years of proactive investment and property management at ICC Sydney.

“To reach EarthCheck’s standard, which adheres to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, we’ve integrated sustainability into every part of the ICC Sydney’s operations,” Boone said.

“This new milestone is a fantastic acknowledgement of the programs we have in place to give back to our local communities and better preserve the environment.”