The International Convention Centre (ICC) Belfast, together with its sister entertainment venue Waterfront Hall, has become the first meetings and events venue on the island of Ireland to receive the Green Meetings Silver Award.
The Green Meetings accreditation, launched by Green Tourism in 2021, was designed specifically for meetings and events venues. It measures venues’ sustainability standards including energy, water and waste, as well as catering, communications and community involvement.
ICC Belfast’s award comes after the organisation committed to a sustainable tourism plan, in line with Belfast’s transformational resilience strategy. The plan was supported through a city-wide sustainable Green Tourism partnership funded by Belfast City Council and delivered by Visit Belfast last year.
The partnership funded memberships for Belfast-based businesses and gave an opportunity for local organisations to boost environmental credentials and achieve the standard.
ICC Belfast, Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall chief executive Julia Corkey, said: “We have implemented greener measures throughout all aspects of the organisation, such as sending zero waste to landfill, adopting a digital-first approach and utilising LED technology and lighting.”
Visit Belfast chief executive, Gerry Lennon said: “Placing sustainability at the heart of our operations makes business sense – by meeting rising market expectations it helps the city remain relevant and attractive in a hugely competitive market place, and future proofs Belfast for generations of visitors to come.”
ICC Belfast, Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall recently launched a sustainability policy, outlining 11 commitments which are aligned to 8 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.