Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge

Decarbonising the events industry, together. At RX, we’re serious about sustainability. We are founding members of the Net Zero Carbon Events pledge to make our company, our events and the wider events industry net zero. We commit to being net zero by 2040 and to make a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. In 2023 we will publish our pathway to net zero, setting out our reduction strategy with key milestones for all our events. Given the complex nature of our supply chain and the emissions associated with a show, it is only by working together as an industry that we will be able to reduce our impact. We are building a company of net zero heroes to take action and ensure a sustainable future. 

You can learn more about what net zero means to RX in this short video.

What we are doing to support our sustainability goals at AIMEX?

We promote the use of reusable cups and bottles onsite to reduce waste. Discounts on hot beverages are available for those using a reusable cup at participating venues.

We are working with venues to provide additional waste streams and better signage for waste disposal. 

QR codes will be used for onsite registration, removing the use of paper forms, counters, and labour.

RX offers sustainable stand packages for exhibitor upgrades and have introduced sustainable criteria for custom stand designs to raise awareness and to promote exhibitors to use sustainable alternatives.

We encourage exhibitors to hire as many components for their stand as possible where the items can be re-used. 

We strive to use products that have a full life cycle that come from and can be recycled. We encourage our exhibitors to do the same. 

Post-show donations – many venues offer the ability to donate furniture and products to charity after the event.

All exhibitors and contractors must use LED lighting only. The use of Halogen lights is now banned.

All lanyards are made from plant silk, which uses 60-75% less carbon

Digital signage is used for our free-to-attend conference, and printed signage is reusable for next year

The Digital Trade Guide, Floorplan and Conference agenda are digital

Water stations and reusable coffee cup washing stations are provided at the venue 

How can you be more sustainable at AIMEX?

Use public transport to and from our event.

Access the floorplan, exhibitor list, and conference agenda from your phone.

Use the designated recycle bins around the show floor to dispose of your waste.

Refill your own water bottles using water fountains and bring your own reusable coffee cups.

Join us on our Path To Sustainability - every step together counts towards creating a more sustainable future.


Sydney Showground is connected to the Sydney Olympic Park Water Reclamation and Management Scheme (WRAMS), which recycles water from sewage and stormwater to supply irrigation, ornamental fountain and toilet flushing applications across Sydney Olympic Park and in the suburb of Newington including Sydney Showground. This recycled water is supplied by Sydney Water at a lower cost than potable water (drinking water). Sydney Showground uses this resource to irrigate its grounds including GIANTS Stadium as well as for the flushing of toilets. WRAMS saves more than 850 million litres of potable water annually and treats approximately 550 million litres of sewage each year, which would otherwise be discharged to ocean outfalls.

Sustainability Targets

(via Sydney Showground)

Reduce site wide reliance on the grid 

Maximising our investments in competitions and programs that support sustainable agricultural development and educate the community about food, fibre and farming

Food & Packaging

  • All food packaging converted to suitable recyclable or compostable materials, where possible.
  • Sydney Showground provides guidance and tools for clients to make their events more socially and environmentally responsible and can assist in the calculation of the carbon footprint of your event. 
  • Fruit & vegetable suppliers moved from non-recyclable waxcoated boxes to reusable containers.
  • Food trays converted to cardboard or sugarcane alternatives.
  • Reduced single use plastic cup usage at events by moving from ‘on tap’ or draught beverage products to packaged, can or bottled product, of which aluminium cans and glass bottles can be recycled.
  • Sydney Showground supports multiple charities including OzHarvest and Foodbank to provide surplus, pre-packaged food and beverage at the conclusion of SS events. This also aids in organic waste being placed in general or landfill waste bins. In 2019, SS donated: 1,625kg meat 2,500L dairy products 5 pallets of fruit and vegetables
  • Sydney Showground implemented a recycling program with its partner Quayclean to sort and recycle aluminium and bottled products onsite. This program is in line with the government implemented Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). All eligible containers are sorted onsite via Quayclean and sent away for processing. This leads to a cleaner precinct and fewer recyclable materials sent to landfill. 


  • 60% of water use onsite is recycled, non potable. This recycled water is used in various applications around the site including the irrigation systems for GIANTS Stadium and surrounding gardens in addition to all flushing toilets.
  • Sydney Showground completed upgrade project, replacing all high bay ‘house’ lights in pavilions to LED Dali controlled fittings amounting to >700 fittings with an estimated 50% reduction in power consumption.
  • The Dome and Halls 2-6 are lit by LED high bay lights that utilise approximately 50% of the power consumption of the metal halide lights they replaced. All high bay lights are dimmable from 0 to 100% and can be individually controlled or as groups locally or remotely
  • All streetlights across the SS precinct were upgraded to LED as were the SOP precinct lights surrounding the Dome to Hall 6 and can be controlled from various points around the venue.
  • The Dome to Halls 2-6 have had an upgrade to all air conditioning chillers and associated infrastructure, reducing power consumption by some 30%

For more information on sustainability efforts from Sydney Showground, please click here.