International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has joined forces with the City of Sydney Council, accommodation and tourism operators to build Sydney’s reputation on the global stage with the launch of a dedicated Sustainable Destination Partnership program.
The initiative brings together more than 30 local and international organisations including major hotels, museums and city attractions, to improve Sydney’s environmental performance by increasing its use of renewable energy, reducing water consumption and improving waste management and recycling systems.
CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said corporate social responsibility is a core pillar of ICC Sydney’s operations, and it made good sense to partner with the City of Sydney and others in the industry to collectively drive positive outcomes.
“ICC Sydney is committed to operating in a socially responsible and environmentally sound manner and has already been recognised with some of Australia’s – and the world’s – highest sustainability ratings by building connections and creating impact for local communities, reducing its energy and water usage, and increasing its waste diversion from landfill.
“Promoting both the venue and the entire city as a sustainable destination provides us with yet another competitive advantage when talking to clients locally and globally,” Mr Donaghy said.
Speaking at the official launch of the program, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the program is the next step to help meet the City’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.
“By working collaboratively with the key players in this sector, we can reduce carbon pollution, boost the use of renewable energy and put Sydney on the map for leisure and business travellers alike.”
Designed to operate with optimal resource efficiency, ICC Sydney has utilised smart design strategies combined with cost efficient and renewable technologies, including a community funded solar array, a 200-kilolitre rainwater tank, energy efficient lighting and waste diversion strategies.
The venue has a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating and is part of the first precinct to be awarded the highest accolade of six stars under the Green Building of Australia’s Green Star Communities certification.