Sustainability

We are always working to find innovative ideas that provide better outcomes for our community, our customers and our environmental footprint. We will continue to deliver creative solutions for our customers and collaborate with industry partners to ensure Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is a truly sustainable event destination.

Our sustainability targets

Eliminate unnecessary and problematic single-use plastics and divert 90 per cent of waste from landfill by 2025.

Be 100 per cent powered by renewable electricity by 2028.

Reduce our net carbon emissions to zero by 2030.

Improve biodiversity, habitats and ecosystem health in Victoria.

Key achievements 2016 - 2020

Sustainability management

In 2020 we appointed a full-time sustainability manager to lead the design and implementation of new green initiatives.

Food waste

In FY 2020/21 we recovered more than 17 tonnes food waste through meal donations to OzHarvest and onsite organic waste processing.

CO2 emissions

Between 2015 and 2019 we reduced our carbon emissions by 22 per cent per m2.

Food growth

We’ve installed 36 permanent ‘food cubes’, growing herbs, citrus & flowers to supply our menus.

Sustainable design

Our Exhibition expansion and Convention Centre have Green Star ratings of 5 and 6-stars, respectively.

Energy use

We installed an Energy Management System (EMS) in the Exhibition Centre that has resulted in a 30per cent reduction in energy use since 2016.

Rainwater capture

In 2019 we harvested over 3,100 kilolitres of rainwater and consumed 445 litres of water per m2 – an industry best.

Waste diversion

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

Case studies

Skyfarm

Our Siddeley St carpark is being transformed into a 2,000m2 rooftop farm. Melbourne Skyfarm will feature sustainable dining, education and event spaces and provide around five tonnes of produce each year, much of which will be donated to local food charities.

Sustainable produce

Wherever possible we source produce from local suppliers. We also offer a 100-mile Market Garden menu option, using main ingredients sourced exclusively from farms and markets within 100 miles of MCEC. Our coffee supplier The Sustainable Coffee Company is a Melbourne based roaster and the first Australian coffee company to be 100 per cent carbon offset from tree to cup.

Renewable energy

As partners in the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, we developed a wind farm in regional Victoria which has offset 15 per cent of our electricity consumption. We’re also a member of the Business Renewables Centre Australia who help facilitate Australia’s shift towards large-scale wind and solar energy.

MCEC and the UN’s Global Goals
The MCEC Sustainability Strategy is shaped by the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are an urgent call to action for all countries - developed and developing - to improve human lives and protect the environment through sustainable development. Our Sustainability Strategy addresses 14 of the 17 SDGs and aligns our business accordingly.

Planning a Sustainable Event

We strongly encourage our customers take proactive steps to ensure their event results in positive social and environmental impacts.

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 FY 2020/21

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