July 6, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has released its five-year sustainability plan and flagged its intentions for even further down the track than that, with a comprehensive strategy covering everything from climate change and waste and resource recovery to sustainability education and equality recognition and reconciliation.

“We’re aiming high, with a target to achieve net zero emissions by 2030,” says MCEC’s Sustainability Manger, Samantha Ferrier.

“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.

“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.

“Our vision is to lead extraordinary environmental change and amplify our social impact, by forging partnerships and inspiring our people, to leave a positive legacy,” she said.

The strategy is aligned the United National Sustainable Development goals and covers climate change, waste and resource recovery, energy, water, nature, infrastructure and transport, procurement, education, awareness and engagement, equality recognition and reconciliation.