The International Congress Center (ICC) Belfast, Northern Ireland, along 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 meeting and event venues. It measures venue sustainability standards, including energy, water and waste, as well as catering, communications and community involvement.
The ICC Belfast award comes after the organization has committed to a sustainable tourism plan, in line with Belfast’s Transformational Resilience Strategy. The plan has been supported by a city-wide Sustainable Green Tourism Partnership funded by Belfast City Council and implemented by Visit Belfast last year.
The partnership funded the membership of Belfast-based businesses and gave local organizations the opportunity to boost their environmental credentials and achieve the standard.
Julia Corkey, Managing Director of ICC Belfast, Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall, said: “We have implemented greener measures across all aspects of the organization such as sending zero waste to landfill, taking a digital approach and using LED technology and lighting.
Visit Belfast’s Managing Director, Gerry Lennon, said: “Putting sustainability at the heart of our operations makes good business sense – by meeting rising market expectations, it helps the city to remain relevant and attractive in an extremely competitive, and to secure Belfast’s future for generations of visitors. to come.”
ICC Belfast, Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall recently launched a sustainability policy, outlining 11 commitments aligned with 8 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.