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Pictured: ICC Sydney joins their partners at the Sustainable Destination Partnership launch.

International Convention Centre Sydney announced June 22 that it has joined forces with the City of Sydney Council and 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 organizations 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, says corporate social responsibility is a core pillar of ICC Sydney’s operations, and it madkes 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 recognized 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,” says Donaghy. “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.”

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 travelers alike,” says Moore.

Designed to operate with optimal resource efficiency, ICC Sydney has utilized 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 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.

ICC Sydney is Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment destination. The showcase international venue underpins Sydney’s place as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and major events destinations. ICC Sydney is the epicenter of a 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour by the NSW Government to highlight Sydney as the first choice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region for the major events industry. ICC Sydney is being delivered by Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lendlease, Hostplus, First State Super, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless FM in partnership with the NSW Government.  ICC Sydney is operated by globally acclaimed venue manager AEG Ogden. For more info, visit iccsydney.com.

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