Sustainability at Congress

We are committed to doing our bit for the environment and we do everything we can to ensure we are conscious of our environmental footprint.

Find out more about what we're doing this year below.


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ICC Commitments

The ICC holds the ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for environmental management systems. As part of that policy the team launched the ICC “Green Team” with a remit to monitor and evolve the venue’s current policies and to ensure the team is doing everything it can to ensure that the venue and its events offer proactive resources to keep the environment impact to a minimum and to generate a positive impact where possible.


Key facts:​

  • A district-based scheme (Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generator) is installed onsite to provide chilled water for air-conditioning, electricity and hot water for heating the ICC and buildings in the immediate vicinity, including Arena Birmingham. A publicly visible carbon calculator keeps track of the carbon dioxide savings, minimising the ICC’s carbon footprint and providing the ability to sell carbon credit

  • Energy saving sensors are fitted and use reduced energy LED lighting where possible throughout the venue. The venue’s switch-off procedure ensures that energy use is kept to a minimum in event spaces and offices and that all equipment and lights are switched of when not in use, which is monitored via Security

  • All waste is treated, so that glass, cardboard and paper waste is separated and recycled. Waste that cannot be recycled or reused is incinerated to use for energy via a Birmingham City Council-run scheme at the nearby Tyseley Energy Waste Plant

  • The ICC is involved in a pilot scheme to turn a flat roof into an eco-friendly environment and to increase insulation and ultimately enhance the landscape of flora and fauna to attract urban species to the environment. The roof provides a haven for the rare black redstart bird whose numbers are thought to be declining following increased development, and whose continuing presence in the city is precarious. The roof has also been designed to encourage ground nesting bees and wasps, invertebrates and other birds

  • The ICC is also home to two 'Bee Hotels' to encourage Mason Bees

  • The venue assists organisers in developing 'green menus' by ensuring food is sourced sustainably and as locally as possible

  • The venue team has implemented many initiatives to demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability and can support organisers to minimise or totally offset the carbon emissions of their conference.


Conference Caterers Amadeus

Amadeus is committed to sustainability and on minimising the negative impact of its operations on the environment. Its award-winning policies and initiatives have helped the NEC achieve ‘zero waste to land fill’ two years ahead of target and its teams comply with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 accreditations at the ICC and NEC, in addition to operating in accordance with the NEC Group Environmental Policy. Amadeus teams are trained to separate waste into the following streams: cardboard; glass; co-mingle (plastic, card, napkins, paper); tin (metal); and food waste. All handmade products are packaged in recyclable or biodegradable packaging and the packaging reduction policy operates across three distinct areas:

  • Prevention/reduction: the less brought in, the less there is to throw away. All food grade cardboard is compostable

  • Reuse packaging (when packaging is unavoidable)

  • Recycling or composting: what can’t be reused will be recycled or used as compost


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