Managers at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) have said they
want to turn the venue into a 'sustainability hub' after hosting 1,350
meetings in 2022.
They hope strategic partnerships will help them create a ‘sustainable
meetings destination where delegates can meet and interact in an
environmentally and socially responsible setting'.
Part of the sustainability plan is to become recognised in Asia as a
hub for Sustainability Development Goals - a United Nations initiative
of 17 interlinked goals designed to be a 'shared blueprint for peace and
prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future'.
KLCC general manager, Alan Pryor, said: “With the vision of making
Kuala Lumpur Asia’s SDG Hub, we established the first public-private
sector strategic partnership with URBANICE Malaysia and formed the Kuala
Lumpur Convention Business Events Alliance (KLCCBEA) Sustainability
Sub-Committee. We are working closely with our KLCCBEA partners to
develop and implement programmes, initiatives and engagements to
encourage and inspire people and stakeholders to develop the KLCC
precinct into an SDG hub.”
Most recently, KLCC invested in a food composter machine to expand
its waste management efforts and help develop a circular economy model
for the precinct. Since including composting as part of its process, the
venue has recorded a 30% decrease in the overall food waste disposed
One of the long-term plans for the composter is to also provide
non-chemical-based fertilisers to the 20-hectare KLCC park that is
adjacent to the venue.
In addition to the food composter, KLCC has partnered with Winnow
food waste solution, an AI-enabled food waste tracking system to help
run a more productive, profitable and sustainable kitchen; smart
recycling machines to positively reinforce responsible actions through a
points-system in the venue; gravity-reliant rain-water harvesting
system; and a hydroponic farm on its rooftop to reduce carbon footprint
and provide healthy food to event delegates and guests.
“We have been receiving more international requests for site visits
which is indicative of the industry’s strong recovery moving forward. We
are proud to have recently added six new bid wins to our calendar of
events which will be held between 2024 and 2026 and are expected to
attract over 16,000 delegates from around the world,” added Pryor.