As sustainability rises up the business agenda, venues are stepping up their green practices. One venue that is dedicated to the cause is Northern Ireland’s state-of-the-art riverside convention and exhibition centre, ICC Belfast. Recently extended and modernised, the 7,000m2 venue can host up to 5,000 delegates. As a host of large-scale events, reducing the venue’s environmental impact and creating a sustainable offering for event planners is paramount.
So how is ICC Belfast a sustainable choice for events?
- ICC Belfast prides itself on the fact that none of its waste goes directly to landfill. All dry waste is recycled and many items used in bulk at events such as paper cups are 100% compostable and biodegradable.
- Next on the list of green achievements is the ICC building itself. Without getting too techy, the venue uses low carbon technology and has a combined heat and power system that reuses heat waste elsewhere in the building to reduce CO2 emissions. For example, the system is connected to the venue’s radiators helping to keep costs low, too.
- Located close to ICC Belfast is a stop for the Glider – the new hip way to travel about town. Launched in September 2018, the purple tram-style buses have dedicated lanes allowing them to skip traffic and operate as a speedy form of transport connecting East and West Belfast, as well as the Titanic Quarter via the city centre. In its first year, the Glider has seen the highest number of people using public transport in Northern Ireland for 20 years. This is great news for the city as one Glider alone can take up to 87 cars off the road helping to significantly reduce congestion and enhance air quality.
- Aside from its growing status as an uber-cool destination, the Northern Irish capital is also one of Europe’s most accessible, compact and walkable cities. The ICC conveniently sits at the epicentre of Belfast, minimising the need for delegate transfers. Getting to the venue is a breeze for international guests as there are two airports close by. By car, Belfast International is a 30-minute drive and George Best City Airport is only five minutes away. Following landmark investment and the largest hotel expansion in its history, many of Belfast’s venues, hotels and attractions are within a 10-minute walk, making it easy for delegates to get around and explore. In fact, more than 90% of ICC’s employees use public transport, cycle or walk to work.
- ICC Belfast stands at the heart of an ecosystem of small and medium-sized enterprises in Northern Ireland and, as a result, takes on a responsibility to showcase their products and services to a global audience to sustain them. Food sustainability is a large part of this focus. The venue’s hospitality team crafts event menus using local, fresh, 'real' and innovative fare where the journey from farm to fork is traceable and minimal. Expect quality assured farm produce, craft brewers, native beef breeds and artisan bakers to deliver a typically 'Belfast' foodie experience. This holistic approach reduces the centre’s carbon footprint and allows local enterprises to benefit from large conferences coming to the city.
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