Adelaide convention centre awarded gold certification

Published on : Thursday, January 23, 2014

Adelaide-Convention-CentreAUSTRALASIA – It is evident that Australia is an up and coming MICE destination. Especially, after the industrial world’s nucleus shifted from the west to the east. In this regard, the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) has been awarded EarthCheck’s Gold Certification, enabling it to join the “elite group” of sustainable convention centres and tourism operators.



EarthCheck, run by environmental advocacy group EC3 Global, is an environmental best practice programme used by convention centres, and travel and tourism organisations around the world.



The centre’s Gold Certification follows the venue achieving five years of continuous silver certification and significantly reducing its environmental footprint. During this period, the centre became the first convention centre to use earthworms to recycle its organic waste, reduced its gas consumption by more than eight per cent, reduced water consumption by 10.7 per cent and reused or recycled 90 per cent of its exhibition waste.



In order to achieve EarthCheck accreditation, the centre is required to submit a year’s worth of operational data across seven key areas, which is then benchmarked against industry best practice. These areas include environmental policy, energy and water use, waste and community engagement.



“ACC has joined an elite group of convention centres and tourism operators across the world which has consistently demonstrated commitment to adopting responsible environmental practices and promoting the need for more sustainable operations,” said Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global.



Some of the key initiatives introduced by ACC include an on-site worm farm; an on-site BiobiN, which are composting vessels with an aeration system; partnerships with Foodbank SA and OzHarvest Adelaide, to ensure any surplus meals from an unexpected drop in delegate numbers are put to good use; and the establishment of a Green Team, a group of volunteers who formed a committee to research and develop ideas and mentor other employees in environmentally responsible practices.




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