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The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) was announced as the winner of the prestigious IMEX Green Supplier Award at the IMEX 10th anniversary Gala Dinner in Frankfurt’s Alte Oper on Wednesday.

The Green Supplier Award recognises environmental excellence and innovation within the meetings industry and represents the highest accolade for environmental responsibility among meeting suppliers.

According to CTICC Chief Operating Officer, Joey Pather, the centre is excited and honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award. Being recognised at an international level for our commitment to transforming the meetings and events industry to a sustainable one, reinforces to our staff and clients that the innovations and efforts they make every day are impactful and meaningful.

The centre won the award for its commitment to sustainability and for joining forces with a local exhibition organiser to host a sustainable exhibition, The Green Expo. Chris Naude, Chief Executive Officer, Three City Events says, “We are extremely proud yet humbled by the recognition given to The Green Expo by IMEX.  It is not easy to rise above the surface in a world flooded with green offerings and options.  Three City Events has been actively greening all of our exhibitions for some time and of course went the extra mile for this one.  We were careful in our selection of venue, opting for the CTICC, who share the same green values and has a track record of working towards a more sustainable future”. 
As a convention centre, whose business principles are built around the ethos of sustainability, environmental and social considerations form part of our DNA and we have managed to incorporate this into every facet of our business. This commitment to sustainability has in turn shaped the thinking and approach of our suppliers, conference and exhibition organisers” adds Pather.

CTICC’s award entry also detailed the retro-fitting of the centre in order to enhance its energy efficiency by using Compact Fluorescents (CFL) or Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) instead of conventional bulbs. The centre’s waste minimisation measures were also commended by IMEX judges, with waste sorted on site before collection for recovery and recycling purposes. Waste is usually separated at source to reduce contamination, but additional focus is placed on the provision of clearly-marked bins for visitors and staff. It was these impressive measures and results that caught the attention of the judging panel to help the CTICC scoop the Gold Award.

In presenting the Gold Award to CTICC, IMEX Chairman, Ray Bloom, commented on the impressive standard of entries received in this category this year: “It demonstrates a clear goal across the sector to drive environmental change and ensure that this remains at the forefront of all that we do. Awareness of environmental issues continues to take precedence today and those suppliers that have green credentials listed as a high priority gain a notable advantage over their competitors,” he explained. “Well done to CTICC for setting an exemplary standard in this category.”

Pather concluded by saying that the centre’s commitment to sustainability also resulted in the CTICC being selected as a finalist in the UFI ( The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) Sustainability Development Award, which aims to reward broad and realistic approaches to sustainable development. The winner of this award will be announced in the next few months.

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