How MCEC is diverting waste from landfill

Eliminating single use plastics

We are eliminating the use of over 30,000 straws, 500,000 plastic bottles and 11,000 coffee cups annually.

Diverting waste

In FY 2018-19, we diverted 62 per cent of all waste from landfill using 17 waste streams.

Food waste

Our onsite organic dehydrator processed 55 tonnes of food waste from our kitchens in 2019, that's equivalent to the carbon emissions associated with the electricity consumption of 25 households for one year.

Supporting the community

We are proud to be an ongoing supporter of OzHarvest. In 2019 we redistributed 74,265 (24,755 kilograms of food) meals through their food rescue donation program, an increase of 52 per cent from the previous year.

Reducing carbon emissions
We’ve reduced carbon emissions per square metre by 22 per cent 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.

MCEC is the regional industry leader in limiting water use, due to sensor taps and the capture and re-using of water from Melbourne Convention Centre roof. In 2019 we harvested over 3,100kl of rainwater.

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 has enabled us to offset approximately 15 per cent of the venue's total electricity consumption with renewable energy certificates in 2019.


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