Sustainability Initiatives Give Melbourne the Upper Hand

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre(MCEC) strives to be leaders in sustainable business practice leading the way with many sustainable initiatives over the years.

MCEC’s Chief Operating Officer, Leighton Wood said: “Take Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) for example. In 2018 we joined 13 other reputable Melbourne organisations to support the development of a wind farm in regional Victoria. This initiative enables us to offset the projected electricity use of our 20,000 square metre expansion space with renewable energy”. And he added: “We have removed single use plastics from our retail outlets, eliminated bottled water in catering and are introducing fully biodegradable coffee cups and lids.”

MCEC’s partnership with OzHarvest saw the redistribution of 38,660 meals (12,886 kilograms of food) through their food rescue donation program in 2018. Other 2018 sustainability achievements are reducing carbon emissions per square metre by 16 per cent against 2015 levels, diverting 67% of all waste from landfill using 15 waste streams, replacing 580 lights in exhibition bays with LED lighting, resulting in a 70% reduction in power usage and recycling 65,000 coffee pods annually.

Photo : MCEC, Melbourne

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