The International Convention Centre (ICC) Belfast, together with sister entertainment venue, Waterfront Hall, has been 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; and supported through a city wide sustainable Green Tourism partnership funded by Belfast City Council and delivered by Visit Belfast.
Last year, Visit Belfast and Belfast City Council launched the largest ever Green Tourism city partnership, funding memberships for Belfast-based businesses and providing an opportunity for local organisations to boost their environmental credentials and achieve the international sustainability standard.
The Green Meetings accreditation, launched by Green Tourism in 2021, was designed specifically for meetings and events venues and provides the opportunity to demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to sustainability and highlight the high environmental and sustainability standards and practises in place.
ICC Belfast chief executive Julia Corkey said: “We are delighted to be the first venue on the island of Ireland to be awarded the Green Meetings Silver Award. 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 all aspects of the organisation, such as sending zero waste to landfill, adopting a digital-first approach and utilising LED technology and lighting. This award truly embodies our dedication to providing a safe and sustainable environment for our team, clients, customers and community, alongside our commitment to ensuring future generations have the ability to successfully continue the legacy – today, tomorrow and beyond.”
Visit Belfast chief executive, 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.”