BCEC goes platinum in push for sustainability

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has achieved EarthCheck Platinum Certification marking the culmination of 10 consecutive years of audited best practice in sustainability.

BCEC has consistently performed as a leader in several key areas of social and environmental actions. From sustainable construction to energy and water conservation, responsible procurement, food distribution and participation in community initiatives.

“The BCEC Team has inspired a number of initiatives in the community and consistently demonstrated commitment to adopting responsible environmental practices and promoting the need for more sustainable operations,” EarthCheck CEO and founder Stewart Moore said.

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the Centre has been at the forefront of sustainability, having been an inaugural member of Australia’s Greenhouse Challenge in 2001 and the first Australian convention centre to develop its very own carbon calculator for measuring remissions.

“Sustainability is essential to the future of our industry and the global community,” he said.

“Platinum Certification is a pivotal milestone in ensuring the Centre’s future success and sustainability. I thank the BCEC team for their ongoing commitment and their contribution to this achievement.”

Among the initiatives introduced by BCEC were the installation of 764 solar panels and the installation of new LED lighting within the Centre’s Exhibition Halls.

The Centre’s organic dehydrator has also reduced food waste volume by 85 per cent, converting it to a nutrient-rich organic fertiliser which is distributed on Brisbane city parklands including the Centre’s location in the South Bank Parklands.