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  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre's impressive positive impact results

    October 29, 2023

    The 6 Green Star-rated Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the largest of its kind in Australia, recently launched their first annual Positive Impact Report. The report covers MCEC’s environmental, social and economic impact activities and the baseline for measuring positive impacts moving forward.

    Key highlights from report

    • Commenced a journey to net zero, starting to calculate scope 3 emissions
    • Generated more than $805m in economic impact to the State
    • Engaged with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners to name their future Geelong/Djilang convention centre “Nyaal Banyul”
    • More than $2.2 million donated in kind to charities and community organisations
    • Diverted 26,000 single use coffee cups from landfill
    • 97 per cent of expenditure with state-based suppliers
    • Partnered with food rescue organisation OzHarvest to deliver 17,476 meals for those in need, rescuing 8,738kgs of food from landfill
    • Achieved ‘awesome partner’ status with OzHarvest
    • Reduced CO2 emissions by 19 per cent, achieving their 2023 interim target
    • Appointed their first Inclusion and Diversity Advisor
    • Commenced their Reconciliation Action Plan* journey
    • Established a new partnership with the Yarra Riverkeeper Association, to conserve the Yarra River/Birrarung that MCEC is situated on

    Read the full report here

    MCEC Positive Impacts Report PDF

    It’s easy to host a sustainable business event in Melbourne

    To help you achieve impressive sustainability outcomes, MCEC offer event planners a useful Positive Impacts Guide.

    MCEC is one of many Melbourne business event suppliers achieving inspiring sustainability outcomes, making it easy to achieve impactful legacies when hosting your conference, meeting or incentive program in the business events capital of Australia.

    As a destination, Melbourne holds the title of Australia’s number one sustainable city according to the 2023 Global Sustainability Index and is in the top five most sustainable cities in the Asia-Pacific.

    Include Melbourne in your next bid opportunity or reach out to the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) for free support and advice on how our destination can meet your future business event sustainability goals.

    Meanwhile, learn more about Melbourne’s impressive sustainability credentials and read about how medical conference Coda achieved carbon-neutral status and the tools and tactics they used to deliver their business  event at MCEC.

    * A Reconciliation Action Plan provides Australian organisations with a roadmap for engaging respectfully with First Nations stakeholders, and public commitments mean senior leaders are accountable and motivated to achieve goals