Green is the way forward

Venues have to hit 10 consecutive years of best practice in sustainability first before being certified.
Venues have to hit 10 consecutive years of best practice in sustainability first before being certified.

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) and Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) have achieved EarthCheck Platinum Certification - the first venues in the world to do so, thus affirming Australia's global sustainability leadership in the business events space. 

Achieving EarthCheck's Platinum Certification is no easy feat. In fact, venues have to hit 10 consecutive years of best practice in sustainability first before being certified, and both GCCEC and ACC have consistently performed above and beyond in several key areas of social and environmental actions. 

The teams from GCCEC and ACC tackled the sustainability issue on several fronts. For example, to reduce emissions, GCCEC managed to reduce energy consumption by up to 50% during off-peak periods, and replaced more than 350 high bay lights with energy-saving LED. Food waste, too, is a focus here. Since 2014, more than 4,800 kilogrammes of food has been donated to needy members of the Gold Coast community. Adrienne Readings, general manager, GCCEC, commented, "At GCCEC we work extremely hard on our waste, water and energy-saving initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment and give back to the community. We believe that sustainability is something that should be a natural part of our daily actions because what we do today will benefit the delegate of tomorrow."

The ACC, too, has gone the extra mile. For example, the centre has provided more than 160,000 unused meals to OzHarvest and Foodbank. Furthermore, over the past decade, ACC's greenhouse gas emission savings have been equivalent to taking 913 cars off the road, while the venue has saved more than 15 million litres of water, enough water to fill six standard Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Stewart Moore, EarthCheck CEO and founder, praised both venues for their hard work, "To achieve this high level of certification not only speaks to their individual and enduring commitment to sustainable practices, but also highlights Australia's sustainability leadership on the global stage. As Australia's leading convention centres, they have consistently demonstrated a commitment to adopt responsible environmental practices, improve operational efficiencies and inspire a number of initiatives in their communities. Both Gold Coast and Adelaide Convention Centres 'walk the talk' when it comes to sustainability and they continue to play a vital role in conservation and community initiatives."



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