Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre eyes gold after re-achieving EarthCheck Silver Certifica

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 27 May, 2013

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has been awarded EarthCheck Silver Certification for a fourth year in a row,


making it one of the first convention centre’s in the world to be eligible for Gold Certification in the upcoming qualifying period.



Reaffirming the Centre’s position as a leader among Australia’s sustainable conferencing venues and as a benchmark operator in the MICE sector, GCCEC joins industry leaders from more than 65 countries who proudly operate under Silver Certification.


The Centre has to retain its Silver status for an additional year before joining an elite club of only a handful of convention centre’s to be eligible for Gold status, on both a national and global scale.


EarthCheck accreditation is the world’s stamp of approval for the best sustainable travel and tourism operators who lead the way in the ‘green domain’ by advancing both environmental and business performance through measurable operational practices.


GCCEC General Manager Adrienne Readings said that results from the annual EarthCheck Benchmarking Assessment Report attests to Centre's commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards.


“Over the years, we have been perfecting a greener way of living in our own homes and it’s phenomenal that this eco-consciousness has evolved and weaved its way into the Centre’s operational cultural fabric,” said Ms Readings.


“The EarthCheck audit process not only gives us a holistic view of company practices but it allows us to continuously identify where we are out-performing others and the dual ability to improve the GCCEC’s triple bottom line.”


Adhering to environmentally-friendly policies since inception, the GCCEC continues to strive to be a leader in environmental innovation. This includes championing sustainable practices for conducting business events and contributing to the growth of a more sustainable industry.


“On-site we have implemented many initiatives to reduce costs and lower our carbon footprint but we are always looking for ways to enhance our operational practices and this includes partnering with clients and suppliers to ensure sustainability is achieved through positive choices and practices.”


To achieve EarthCheck accreditation, GCCEC has had to submit a year’s worth of operational data, which is then benchmarked against industry Best Practice across eight key areas. Key indicators include environmental policy, energy and water use, waste and community engagement.


Highlights of the latest report show that GCCEC has achieved Best Practice in five categories and is recycling, reusing or composting 75% of the Centre’s overall waste.


The Centre’s internationally recognised green credentials have been achieved with the help of a dedicated ‘Green Committee’ compromising of key staff members who as a group continually look at new ways to reduce the venue’s general waste, the consumption of energy and water, and implement changes to benefit the environment.


EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore congratulated the GCCEC on its ongoing commitment to sustainability and determination to further improve its environmental record.


“Achieving certification is not an easy task and many organisations do not make it past the benchmarking stage. Securing a highly-ranked benchmarking result requires a strong commitment across all levels of an organisation,” said Mr Moore.


The Centre intends to continue to focus on creating unrivalled events while keeping sustainability top of mind as a leading operator within the green conferencing sector.


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Source: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre