ICC Belfast wins ‘green’ meeting venue award

The International Convention Centre (ICC) Belfast has won an environmental award.

The riverside venue was awarded the Green Meetings Silver Award – becoming the first meetings and events venue on the island of Ireland to receive the accolade.

The award reflects the organisation’s investment in sustainability and commitment to the development of a sustainable tourism plan, in line with Belfast’s transformational resilience strategy.

Last year, tourism agency Visit Belfast and Belfast City Council launched the Green Tourism city partnership, helping local organisations achieve the international sustainability standard.

The Green Meetings accreditation, launched by Green Tourism in 2021, was designed specifically for meeting venues to reward high environmental and sustainability standards.

Welcoming the award, ICC Belfast CEO Julia Corkey said: “This is a significant achievement for the venue, particularly as we welcome events back to Belfast and Northern Ireland.

“We have implemented greener measures throughout the organisation, such as sending zero waste to landfill, adopting a digital-first approach and utilising LED technology and lighting.”

Visit Belfast CEO Gerry Lennon added: “Prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism was one of Belfast’s success stories, playing a key part in seeing the city flourish as an increasingly vibrant and dynamic leisure, conference and cruise destination.

“By taking a critical look at our operations both at an operational level and collectively as a sector, tourism can now play a crucial role in supporting the city-vision of transitioning to an inclusive, zero-emissions, and climate resilient economy within a generation.”

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