The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has unveiled its new five-year sustainability strategy, with targets to create a positive impact for both the planet and the community.
MCEC Sustainability Manager, Samantha Ferrier said the strategy is about being aware of the scope of influence and driving social and environmental solutions to create a meaningful and long-term impact: "We're 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 percent of waste from landfill by 2025, and to be completely powered by renewable electricity by 2028."
MCEC has set objectives for the following areas:
- Climate Change - Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take action to minimise MCEC's effect on climate change.
- Waste & Resource Recovery - Embed circular economy principles across all aspects of the business to reduce waste, improve resource efficiency and help Melbourne's transition to a zero waste city.
- Energy - Continually improve energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and transition to renewable energy.
- Water - Conserve precious water by limiting consumption of potable water, using it efficiently and harvesting rainwater for reuse.
- Nature - Contribute to improving and protecting biodiversity and the ecosystem through initiatives that connect employees, visitors and the community with the natural environment.
- Infrastructure & Transport - Design and operate all new and existing infrastructure and building upgrades with environmentally sustainable considerations at the forefront.
- Procurement – Harness MCEC's purchasing power as a force for good by prioritising local, ethical and sustainable suppliers.
- Education, Awareness & Engagement - Inspire MCEC's people and community to champion sustainability by creating awareness and leading by example.
- Equality Recognition & Reconciliation - Acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, celebrate cultural diversity, raise public awareness and improve MCEC's cultural capacity, including maintaining an environment that is free from discrimination and where employees, customers and visitors are treated fairly and with respect.
MCEC engaged a number of key stakeholders including industry partners, customers and employees to identify sustainability goals which range from mutually beneficial partnerships through to responsible procurement. Forming the foundation of MCEC's sustainability strategy are the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries to address the world's most pressing challenges by 2030.