The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) as a Green Venue
Venues play a vital role in the ability to deliver sustainable and environmentally friendly events. With the ASC located at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in 2021 we are proud to promote the MCEC as a sustainability conscience venue that aligns with our sustainability plans.
Notably the MCEC was the first centre in the world to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star environment rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for the Convention Centre’s innovative environmental design and operational features. They also achieved their Gold EarthCheck Certification in 2016.
Some of MCEC’s sustainable design features include:
- maximum natural light with an 18-metre tall glass façade
- energy efficient lighting
- solar hot water
- displacement ventilation with fresh air being released at lower levels
- radiant slab heating and cooling
- low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) to enhance indoor air quality
- sustainable use of building materials.
As an organisation, the MCEC takes a proactive approach to sustainability and staff keep green practices at the forefront of their minds during the management of events.
Over the years the MCEC has led the way with many sustainable initiatives including:
- Partnership with OzHarvest’s food rescue program, donating 38,660 meals in 2018
- Installing an organic dehydrator that reduces the volume of organic waste by 75-80 percent
- Placing a ban on plastic straws and diverting over 30,000 straws and 500,000 plastic bottles from landfill annually
- Implementing a 15-waste stream system, helping to divert waste (67% in 2018) from landfill
- Installing sensor taps and capturing and reusing of water from the MCEC roof to limit water use
- Sourcing produce from local, passionate and ethical suppliers in Victoria
- MCEC is fitted with an energy management system that reduces their energy use
- MCEC supports the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project which supports the development of a wind farm in regional Victoria, enabling them to offset their projected energy use with renewable energy.
- The recycling of Nespresso pods and use of biodegradable coffee cups and lids at their cafes.
- The replacement of halogen lights with LED lights in exhibition bays.
The venue also continues to grow its partnerships with food rescue organisations, to ensure optimal levels of donation of excess food.
Want more information?
Click here for the MCEC Sustainability Policy
Click here for the MCEC Sustainability Fact Sheet