Published on : Monday, July 5, 2021
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is proud to unveil its new five-year sustainability strategy, with ambitious targets to create a positive impact for our planet and community.
The strategy will further embed MCEC’s reputation as a leading sustainable event destination.
MCEC Sustainability Manger, Samantha Ferrier said the strategy is about being aware of our scope of influence and driving social and environmental solutions to create a meaningful and long-term impact.
MCEC Sustainability Manger, Samantha Ferrier also added that they are aiming high, with a target to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. They 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, they must all commit to a shared vision of change. Their vision is to lead extraordinary environmental change and amplify our social impact, by forging partnerships and inspiring our people, to leave a positive legacy.
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.