MCEC outlines new sustainability strategy

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has unveiled its new five-year sustainability strategy.

MCEC sustainability manger Samantha Ferrier said they were “aiming high” with a target to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.

“We are working to eliminate problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics, divert 90 per cent of waste from landfill by 2025, and to be completely powered by renewable electricity by 2028,” she said.

“At the same time, we will contribute towards increasing Victoria’s biodiversity, habitats and ecosystem health by 2025, continue to source sustainably and support OzHarvest to rescue and redistribute food to people in need.

“As an industry, the events sector needs to be accountable for the impact it has on the world around us. This means, in order to make a meaningful shift across the sector, we must all commit to a shared vision of change.”

Forming the foundation of MCEC’s Sustainability Strategy are the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with MCEC aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; reduce waste and help Melbourne’s transition to a zero waste city; improve energy efficiency and transition to renewable energy; conserve water; protect biodiversity; prioritise local, ethical and sustainable suppliers; and celebrate cultural diversity.

MCEC CEO Peter King said the sustainability strategy “puts people at its centre”.

“It commits us to doing things differently, it’s bold in its targets, pursues strong partnerships and aims to leave a legacy,” he said.

“Through the targets in this strategy, we are sending a clear message that we can and will do more to provide better outcomes for our community, our customers and our environment.”