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ICC Sydney waste reduction programme wins UFI Sustainable Development Award 2020

ICC Sydney has been announced as the winner of the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2020.

The 2020 award was designed to recognise companies that have implemented a successful waste management approach for exhibitions.

The jury selected the ICC Sydney Waste Reduction Programme because of its “comprehensive approach to the topic, the clarity of its road map, and strong results”.

“Waste management is one, if not the most important environmental issue of exhibitions and the extremely high level of the selected entries demonstrates that the industry can develop strong programmes in that area… Overall, the jury selected 16 best practices, from 13 countries. ICC Sydney stands out for their full scope practical and successful approach,” commented Philippe Echivard, Director of Environment and Security at Palexpo (Switzerland) and Chair of the UFI Sustainable Development Working Group.

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said he was “honoured” to receive the award for ICC Sydney’s waste reduction programme. “As a venue we are committed to sustainability and fostering positive event legacies for our clients. We also recognise our responsibility to demonstrate leadership and make a positive contribution towards the waste crisis in Australia and the global exhibitions industry,” he said. “Delivered via multiple initiatives, our programme targets key waste management issues which has been critical to its success. We look forward to expanding the programme, guided by lessons learnt, to continue to create ongoing positive waste management outcomes,” Donaghy added.

The jury also commended other finalists for their strong entries: Greenbuild (USA), the only ‘single exhibition organiser’ among the finalists, Olympia (UK) and RAI Amsterdam (The Netherlands) for their long-standing commitment to zero waste, and ADNEC (UAE) and Stockholmsmässan (Sweden) for their strong recent achievements.

The entries of the six finalists, as well as those selected in the first round of the competition, are available for download at www.ufi.org/sdaward.

ICC Sydney will be invited to present their entry during the 87th UFI Global Congress. For more details on the UFI Global Congress, please visit www.ufi.org/congress2020