We know how important it is for organisers to minimise the environmental impact of their events and we are committed to being green at the ICC. The venue holds the ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for environmental management systems and has implemented many initiatives to demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability:
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generator
A district-based scheme installed onsite to provide chilled water for air-conditioning, electricity and hot water for heating the ICC and buildings in the immediate vicinity. A publicly visible carbon calculator keeps track of the carbon dioxide that we're saving through this scheme, minimising our own carbon footprint and providing the ability to sell carbon credits.
We have energy saving sensors fitted and use reduced energy LED lighting where possible throughout the venue. Our switch-off procedure ensures that energy use is kept to a minimum in our event spaces and offices and that all equipment and lights are switched of when not in use, which is monitored via Security.
Carbon Neutral Events
If your aim is to minimise or totally offset the carbon emissions of your conference then we can help. Our partners can assist with carbon offsets.
We pay particular attention to the 'reduce, reuse and recycle' mantra. We separate and recycle glass, cardboard and paper waste and we incinerate all other waste to use for energy via a Birmingham City Council scheme run at the nearby Tyseley 'Energy from Waste' plant.
Eco friendly environment initiatives
The ICC has taken part in a pilot scheme since 2007 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 ICC is part of NEC Group and utilises supplies from environmentally sustainable sources wherever possible, for example using Fair Trade tea and coffee.
The ICC was part of the city's award winning Birmingham City Centre Floral Trail which won the Gold Award in the ‘Large City’ category of the RHS Britain in Bloom 2012 competition. The 2013 Floral Trail then went on to achieve European gold for its entry to Entente Florale Europe, the ‘Eurovision’ of city horticultural and environmental achievement, and the ultimate test of not just a city’s floral excellence, but also the wellbeing of its people.
As part of our ISO 14001 Environment Policy we have launched the ICC “Green Team”. The Green Team’s role is to look at ways we can be friendlier to our environment, by for example saving energy, reducing waste and improving our green spaces and communicating those ideas to colleagues.
As a final point, the central and accessible location of the ICC enables more visitors to reach the venue by environmentally friendly means, for example, by train, bus, bicycle or even on foot from the many the city centre hotels that are within a short walking distance.
In addition to the above, we also have a 'Green Team' with a remit to monitor and evolve our current policies to ensure that we are doing everything that we can to ensure that the venue and the events held at the ICC offer proactive resources to keep our impact on the environment to a minimum and to generate a positive impact where possible.