How MCEC is diverting waste from landfill

Single use plastics

We have banned plastic straws and are diverting over 30,000 straws and 500,000 plastic bottles from landfill.

Keeping you caffeinated sustainably

From keep cups at our cafes, biodegradable coffee cups and lids, through to being the first convention centre in the world to recycle Nespresso pods (65,000 a year).

Waste reduction

Our onsite organic dehydrator reduces the volume of organic waste by 75-80 per cent. In 2018 we diverted 67 per cent of all waste from landfill using 15 waste streams.

Community partnerships

Our partnership with OzHarvest saw the redistribution of 38,660 meals (12,886 kilograms of food) through their food rescue donation program.

Reducing carbon emissions
We’ve reduced carbon emissions per square metre by 16 per cent, and are on track to achieve our target of a 30 per cent reduction by 2021 against 2015 levels.

Replacing 660 halogen lights with LED lights in our exhibition bays, has reduced our carbon emissions and resulted in an average cost saving of 52 per cent for our customers.

We’re committed to sourcing our produce from local, passionate and ethical suppliers. This is not only to promote the wonderful producers we have right here in Victoria but also to reduce our venue’s environmental footprint. Our Conference menu features the 100 mile market garden menu option which sources all major ingredients from local farms and markets within a 100 mile radius of the venue.
Melbourne Renewable Energy Project
In 2018 MCEC joined 13 other reputable Melbourne organisations to support the development of a wind farm in regional Victoria. This initiative enables us to offset the projected electricity use of our 20,000 square metre expansion space with renewable energy.


The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is a catalyst for changing electricity procurement, acting on climate change and driving investment in renewable energy. MREP marks the first time that a partnership of 14 organisations from a range of sectors - local governments, cultural institutions, universities and corporations – have collectively purchased renewable energy from a newly built facility.

Awards and Accolades

6 star green star rating

The first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6-star green star environmental rating.

Best Corporate Citizen award

Best Corporate Citizen at 2018 Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence.

Premier’s Sustainability Award

2018 Premier’s Sustainability Award – government category for Melbourne Renewable Energy Project.

EarthCheck Gold Certified 2019

Has been assessed as meeting gold certification (seven years) requirements of the EarthCheck company standard