Te Pae Christchurch’s sustainability leadership on show ahead of opening

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has achieved Toitū enviromark gold certification ahead of its December opening.

The Toitū enviromark programme has been tailored for New Zealand businesses so they can establish, implement, and maintain an effective environmental management system.

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre general manager Ross Steele said to receive Toitū enviromark gold was a huge achievement for the team.

“From the outset the Te Pae Christchurch team has been committed to sustainable operations and taking positive environmental action,” he said.

“We are exceptionally proud to reach this milestone in our pre-opening phase, particularly given how challenging the past few months have been.”

Enviromark Programme Advisor Chris Bailey said at gold level, certified organisations have implemented controls for both regulatory obligations and significant opportunities to improve their performance.

“Te Pae Christchurch chose to proactively implement managing their environmental risks and opportunities,” Bailey said.

“Well before the opening of the centre, the team at Te Pae Christchurch mapped out their business activities and identified any significant impacts arising from those business partners they might influence.

“By implementing control systems well in advance of opening, Te Pae Christchurch is managing their risks and opportunities from the start.”

Te Pae Christchurch has been working with Toitū since early 2020, with venue presentation manager Jason Stewart leading the programme internally.

“The process to certification has had many benefits,” Stewart said.

“It’s helped us nail down the goals we want to achieve as a business and the improvements needed to be more sustainable and environmentally conscious.

“And by getting every department thinking about what they do and the impact it has, it has solidified our environmental mindset.”