Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has achieved coveted Gold Certification from EarthCheck, the world's leading sustainable benchmarking organisation.
Since joining the EarthCheck Certified program in 2007, MCEC has minimised energy consumption by 31.8 per cent, and in total saved enough to power 1363 typical Australian four person households each year. Greenhouse Gas Emissions were reduced by 36.7 per cent for the same period, saving 15,958t of CO2 which is equivalent to taking 5355 cars off the road annually. Waste sent to landfill has also been reduced by approximately 103,000 litres or 859 wheelie bins.
EarthCheck Founder and CEO, Stewart Moore said MCEC's achievement was impressive for the variety of sustainability practices the venue routinely incorporated in running large-scale events.
"MCEC goes well beyond the ‘tick-box' approach, implementing unique and innovative sustainability measures which benefit both the environment and local community, and we know this helps them win major events for whom sustainability is a key performance indicator," Mr Moore said.
MCEC is the first public building in Australia to have a privately-funded grey water treatment plant, treating rainwater for re-use in the building. Solar panels provide 100 per cent of public amenity hot water requirements, and multiple streams for waste management including full composting facilities of food waste, a closed-loop recycling system on site that customers can use free of charge, renewable energy purchasing options for customers and support of Victorian charities.
Throughout its enrolment in the EarthCheck Certified program, MCEC has gained a reputation as one of Victoria's most sustainable meetings venues, regularly working with organisers to achieve maximum sustainable, recycling and localised sourcing for multi-million dollar exhibitions with thousands of delegates.