Sustainability

Travel – Carbon Offset

When booking your flights to Sydney, Australia we encourage delegates to consider including carbon credits which are donated to projects around the world that are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each airline does have a different policy so it’s important to research this before booking.

Transport and Venue Access

We encourage delegates to consider taking public transport or consider walking or cycling via one of the many inner city routes when exploring Sydney and accessing the Conference venue. More information is available at: www.walking.sydney and www.sydneycycleways.net.

Paper Reduction

As much as possible the Conference will reduce the amount of printing in both the lead up to and onsite. Delegates are encouraged to use electronic resources, such as downloads from the website and app, where possible. Onsite at the Conference no note pads or pens will be provided.

Plastic Reduction

Delegates are encouraged to bring a water bottle onsite which can be refilled at the numerous water stations within the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Delegates are also encouraged to bring a coffee keep cup.

Venue

The conference venue, the International Convention Centre, Sydney is part of a socially responsible and environmentally sensitive convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct. ICC Sydney is committed to reducing their environmental impact. They do so through ongoing efforts to save energy and water, purchasing environmentally preferable products, minimising waste and helping raise awareness of environmental issues. ICC, Sydney key sustainability facts:

  • Darling Harbour Live is registered with the internationally recognised US Green Building Council for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and is set to achieve a Gold Certification
  • A target to save 20% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to the Building Code of Australia standard
  • Target 14% reduction in potable water use (reference to Australian Standard AS/NZ: 500.1.2003 100% mains water)
  • Solar hot water servicing the commercial kitchens
  • Encourage cycling with designated bike track and end of trip facilities
  • 90% construction waste recycling target
  • 75% operational waste recycling target
  • ICC Sydney operates with optimal resource efficiency because of smart, design strategies integrated with cost efficient and renewable technologies. ICC Sydney is home to the first community-funded solar energy project of its kind in Australia, allowing members of the public to buy shares in a social venture that will own the building’s solar array. Sydney Renewable Power Company is the social venture that will own the array. The solar array is being erected onto the roof of ICC Sydney to generate power for the venue, it is expected to produce approximately five per cent of the energy required for the venue, which is equivalent to powering more than 100 homes every year.

Further information on the International Convention Centre, Sydney’s sustainability measures can be found on their website.

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