Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has been awarded the EarthCheck Platinum Certification, a benchmark for the travel industry recognising global venues which demonstrate and quantify corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
In a rigorous audit spanning 10 consecutive years, factors considered for the accreditation included best practice in sustainability, leadership, and key areas of social and environmental actions.
The latter includes sustainable construction, energy and water conservation, responsible procurement, food distribution to participation in community initiatives, where the sustainability message is additionally reinforced and integrated through all aspects of BCEC’s business and culture.
For instance, BCEC's 764 solar panels has reduced energy requirements of the Grey Street building by 40%, while smart LED lighting within the centre's halls has halved energy consumption.
An organic dehydrator has also reduced food waste volume by 85%, where the after-product organic fertiliser is then passed to Brisbane city parklands.
BCEC entered the sustainability movement early, having been an inaugural member of Australia’s Greenhouse Challenge in 2001 and the first Australian convention centre to develop its own carbon calculator for measuring remissions, said general manager Bob O’Keeffe AM.
“Sustainability is essential to the future of our industry and the global community. Platinum Certification is a pivotal milestone in ensuring the centre’s future success and sustainability. I thank the BCEC team for their ongoing commitment and their contribution to this achievement.”
BCEC joins Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and Adelaide Convention Centre, which became the world's first venues to earn the certification in 2018.