ICC Sydney “Waste Reduction Program” wins the UFI Sustainable Devt Award 2020


26 June 2020: Waste Management is one, if not the most important environmental issue of exhibitions. So, the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2020 was designed to recognise companies that have implemented a successful Waste Management approach for exhibitions. And, ICC Sydney rightly won the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2020. The jury selected the “Waste Reduction Program” conducted by ICC Sydney as the winning entry because of their comprehensive approach to the topic, the clarity of their road map, and their strong results.

The jury also commended the 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 extremely high level of the selected entries demonstrates that the industry can develop strong programs in that area, as part of their overall sustainability strategy. Overall, the jury selected sixteen best practices, from thirteen different countries. ICC Sydney stands out for their full scope practical and successful approach,” said Philippe Echivard, Director of Environment and Security at Palexpo (Switzerland) and Chair of the UFI Sustainable Development Working Group.

Commenting on their achievement, Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said: “We are honoured to receive the UFI Sustainable Development Award for ICC Sydney’s waste reduction program. 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. Delivered via multiple initiatives, our program targets key waste management issues which has been critical to its success.”

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.