Melbourne ranked number one sustainable city in the Asia-Pacific

Melbourne has been ranked the number one sustainable city in the Asia-Pacific region for business events in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

Led by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) with input from City of Melbourne and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the sustainability performance was evaluated based on the city’s environmental strategy and infrastructure, social sustainability performance, industry supplier support and MCB’s strategy and initiatives.

Top marks were achieved for Melbourne’s convention facilities. MCEC is the first centre in the world to be awarded the 6-Star Green Star rating for the its innovative environmental design and operational features and in 2021, MCEC launched its Sustainability Strategy 2021-26 to further its commitment to sustainability targets and continually ensure the venue is a sustainable events destination. 

Ranked number 11 in the world overall, Melbourne has one of the most ambitious carbon emission reduction targets of any city in the world - zero net emissions by 2020.

MCEC Sustainability Manager, Sam Ferrier said the result is a testament to the important work that Melbourne Convention Bureau does, by further validating Melbourne as a sustainable event and tourism destination. 

“We’re proud to partner with MCB and the City of Melbourne to improve the sustainability performance of business events in Melbourne.”

“We’re continuously looking for ways to help our customers host more sustainable events, and have set some ambitious environmental targets to encourage industry-wide collaboration that will result in a more circular and low carbon economy. 

“Melbourne truly is a wonderful event destination and it’s a privilege to be recognised for our city’s eco-credentials alongside cities such as Copenhagen and Glasgow.”

The GDS-Index is a platform that aims to promote the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations, highlighting best practices and responsible business tourism.

It looks to bring cities together to benchmark and improve the social and environmental performance of the cities and its business events industry.

Learn more about our sustainability initiatives here: https://mcec.com.au/about-us/sustainability