Sustainability at SOA22



The conference is working towards limiting its impact on the environment through careful consumption of energy and resources. This includes, among others, electronically circulating meeting materials, not producing unnecessary conference materials and choosing environmentally-friendly and socially-friendly products, as well as providing healthy food and hosting meetings and social events in central locations.


Some of the things the venue (ICC Belfast) do
  • None of our waste goes directly to landfill. All dry waste is recycled, and we sustainably source 100% compostable and biodegradable paper cups.
  • Belfast is a compact city that can be easily navigated on foot. Our convenient location at the heart of the city centre minimises the need for delegate transfers.
  • Over 90% of our employees use public transport, cycle, or walk to work. This helps to reduce city centre congestion and air pollution.
  • Our combined heat and power system is a lower carbon technology that captures and reuses heat waste in the building to reduce overall CO2 emissions.
  • When crafting menu options, Hospitality Belfast always incorporate ingredients from local suppliers that can be traced at every stage of the short farm to fork journey.
  • Client contracts are securely signed and returned electronically, vastly reducing our printing volume.
  • We provide waste separation bins in the conference area.


View the ICC Belfast's full sustainability vision and journey so far

Some of the things the ICS do
  • The hotels and social events are all located in the city centre and you can walk between them all.
    We are using reusable crockery instead of disposable coffee cups at the conference. At very busy periods, we may make use of single-use paper recyclable cups to manage demand. These are 100% compostable.
  • For a number of years we have been providing facilities to refill water bottles. We will no longer supply single-use plastic water bottles.
  • Printed materials are kept to a minimum. We will not be printing a conference guide. The full conference proceedings can be found on the conference app.
  • All marketing materials promoting the event are conducted electronically.
  • Conference registration is entirely online, and booking confirmations are electronic.
  • Conference delegate badges made of paper (FSC certified) and no plastic badge wallets are used.
  • We reuse conference lanyards.
  • We are working with sponsors and exhibitors to minimise materials they, or delegates, dispose of whilst at the conference.


Some of the things you can do, as a visitor
  •  The venue is located in the city centre, all hotels and social venues are located by walking distance from each other – walk and explore the city, use public transportation or the city bikes
    instead of taking taxis.
  • If you can’t avoid flying, please note that there are excellent bus shuttles running from the airport to the city centre.
  • Calculate your carbon footprint using the WWF environmental footprint calculator. Whether you’re able to attend or not, it’s a great tool for tracking your impact on the planet, and learning about what changes you can make to limit it.
  • Please make sure to deposit your lanyard and badge in the reuse boxes provided at conference registration.
  • Please follow the waste separation instructions at the venue.
  • There will be water fountains at key points, please bring a reusable water bottle with you.
  • Be thoughtful about all conference-related printing that you do, and aim to reduce this where possible.
  • Pens and paper will not be provided to delegates to encourage the re-use of both paper and pens. Delegates should bring notepads made from scrap paper.
  • Send fewer emails - research commissioned by OVO Energy in 2019 found that if each UK adult sent just one less ‘thank you’ email a day, it would save over 16,433 tonnes of carbon a year - the same as 81,1522 flights to Madrid or taking 3,3343 diesel cars off the road.
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