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The CTICC Committed to sustainability

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Globally, consumers and event organisers are demanding that companies follow sustainable business practices and processes. At the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) clients are assured of a venue as committed to sustainability as they are.

The CTICC has always focused on sustainability as a core business practice,and has strategically formulated environmental sustainability initiatives to maximise these efforts while creating real value for the beneficiaries of these partnerships.

Additionally, the centre continually seeks new ways to mitigate its impact on the environment while advancing people and providing them with new opportunities to grow within the organisation.

The convention centre’s business bases its operations on the ten guiding principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), of which it is a member.

These principles, contained in the UN sustainability goals for the year 2030, set out strategic policies for businesses that are committed to establishing a culture of integrity and upholding basic responsibilities to labour, community and client alike, as well as, the environment.

These principles are encompassed in the centre’s core values, which in turn also drive the centre’s triple bottom line focusing on people, planet and profit. To support these principles and promote sustainability, the centre has a Nurture Our World (NOW) committee, made up of representatives from across the business.

The NOW team design and implement sustainable CSR initiatives that contribute to social growth and ensure the effectiveness of the company’s efforts to minimise its environmental impact.

To this end, the centre’s commitment to water and energy consumption remain key focus areas, and the CTICC utilises a reverse osmosis plant. This system can produce up to 200 000 litres of purified drinking water in a 24-hour cycle, and also houses an extra storage capacity of 400 000 litres.

The plant extracts underground seawater using ultrafiltration, and reverse osmosis technology that removes the salt and contaminants from the water by pushing it through a semi-permeable membrane at high pressure.

The plant produces fully potable water that complies with the SANS/SABS 241 of 2015 Standard for Drinking Water. The CTICC has several other initiatives in place to reduce water consumption, including rainwater storage tanks that capture up to 265 000 litres of water.

About 20 000 litres of condensate from the air-conditioning units is also captured weekly. Water harvested in these ways is used for cleaning, irrigation of plants and the central air-conditioning system. Waste and energy management continues to be a high priority at the CTICC, while local sourcing of food for their catering offering is also seen as a strong focus.

The centre’s food and beverage suppliers are located within a 50 km radius, the exception being food items sourced from upcountry to accommodate specific client requirements. “By purchasing locally produced and grown products, we reduce flyer miles, minimise the centre’s carbon footprint, and, most importantly, support local businesses, said CTICC CEO, Taubie Motlhabane.

Despite the new CTICC 2 building having expanded the centre’s exhibition and meeting space by 31 148 m2, energy consumption in the last financial year increased by only 6 per cent, when compared to the previous year.

The centre is also investigating more sustainable energy options. The centre’s triple bottom line approach ensures sustainability remains at the core of its operations’ strategy and forwardplanning.

“The CTICC’s commitment to connect people and help grow the economy remains steadfast, while ensuring that we continue to observe responsible and sustainable business practices,” said Ms Motlhabane.

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