The IYNC is committed to ensuring that the IYNC2020 conference is delivered in a manner that exemplifies sustainability; with a focus on minimising food and beverage waste, commingled waste, greenhouse gas emissions, as well as water and electricity consumption.
The IYNC has committed to the following initiatives in light of its sustainability objectives:
– Identifying environmentally high risk waste streams and developing a plan to tackle these waste streams, early
– Seeking alternatives to paper, plastics and MDF
– Re-purposing or recycling food waste with charity partners to feed those in need
– Alternately, re purposing food waste as fertiliser and green energy
– Going paperless to the maximum extent possible and utilising technology to create electronic registration and show guides
– Developing signage around bins to identify which items go where
– Encouraging exhibitors to use reusable bags
– Collecting lanyards to be re-purposed with one of IYNC’s community partners
– Generating deals with nearby hotels to enable delegates to walk to the conference
The IYNC has selected the ICC as the venue for IYNC2020 as it belongs to a socially conscious and environmentally responsible precinct in Sydney, which has been awarded the highest accolade of 6 stars under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star Communities certification. It was also awarded a Gold certification by the internationally recognised LEED© green building program in June 2017 in recognition of its commitment to sustainable practice.
ICC sustainability features and facts:
– Approximately 3-5% of the venue’s baseload electricity is supplied by a 520kW photo-voltaic (PV) solar array. The community funded PV array enables ICC Sydney to reduce overall energy consumption from other sources, offsetting greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 6% per annum.
– Water to ICC Sydney’s kitchens is heated by the solar array, reducing the need for gas water heating across the venue.
– A 200 KL onsite rainwater tank collects and utilises rainwater for irrigation and toilet flushing, reducing the consumption of potable water across the venue.
– E-water is used throughout kitchen facilities and venue presentation services, which has significantly reduced the use of chemicals across the venue.
– Cyclist facilities on site, including storage racks and public showering facilities, are available to delegates and visitors.