The Adelaide Convention Centre has made history by becoming the world’s first convention center to attain EarthCheck‘s prestigious Master status, representing a 15-year commitment to excellence in business and environmental sustainability.
In the most recent EarthCheck audit, the center outperformed in several key sustainability areas, leading the Australian business events industry in waste reduction, energy efficiency, and water conservation.
Highlights of the audit include: Achieving over a 99% waste diversion rate, the highest among all Australian convention centers; 72% lower Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions compared to the Australian average; A 73% reduction in potable water consumption compared to the regional average.
To achieve these results, the center introduced innovative initiatives, such as Adelaide’s first WasteMaster system, which converts food waste into energy and fertilizer. They also reduced energy consumption by over 40% and aim to transition to 100% LED lighting by 2027. Furthermore, 97% of their produce is sourced from South Australian suppliers, supporting local businesses and reducing carbon emissions.
“At Adelaide Convention Centre, sustainability is embedded in everything we do, from our food and design to our practices and our people. We’re obsessed with energy and water conservation, responsible sourcing and minimizing waste to landfill, and work closely with our clients on sustainable event management, including minimal impact exhibitions, to help reduce their event footprint for a better tomorrow,” said Martin Radcliffe, General Manager at Adelaide Convention Centre.
This achievement reinforces the Adelaide Convention Centre’s commitment to sustainability and sets a global standard for convention centers, emphasizing the importance of eco-friendly practices in the events industry.