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frequently asked questions

Sustainability

What environmental initiatives does ICC Sydney undertake to promote sustainability?

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ICC Sydney is part of a socially responsible and environmentally sensitive convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct. 

Key sustainability facts:
  • Darling Harbour Live is registered with the internationally recognised US Green Building Council for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and is set to achieve a Gold Certification
  • A target to save 20% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to the Building Code of Australia standard
  • Target 14% reduction in potable water use (reference to Australian Standard  AS/NZ:500.1.2003 100%mains water)
  • Solar hot water servicing the commercial kitchens
  • Improved east west pedestrian connections between Darling Harbour and neighbouring precincts of Chinatown, Town Hall, Central, Ultimo and Pyrmont
  • New 680m long, 20m wide Boulevard connecting Darling Harbour to Quay Street
  • Encourage cycling with designated bike track and end of trip facilities
  • 3000sqm more public space at Tumbalong Park
  • 90% construction waste recycling target
  • 75% operational waste recycling target

Will ICC Sydney run on renewable energy?

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ICC Sydney operates with optimal resource efficiency because of smart, design strategies integrated with cost efficient and renewable technologies.

ICC Sydney is home to the first community-funded solar energy project of its kind in Australia, allowing members of the public to buy shares in a social venture that will own the building’s solar array.

Sydney Renewable Power Company is the social venture that will own the array.

The solar array is being erected onto the roof of ICC Sydney to generate power for the venue, it is expected to produce approximately five per cent of the energy required for the venue, which is equivalent to powering more than 100 homes every year.