Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has achieved the EarthCheck Platinum Certification, joining a group of worldwide venues which operate at the highest international environmental standards.
This is the culmination of 10 consecutive years of rigorously audited best practice in sustainability, and recognition of BCEC’s innovation in several key areas of social and environmental actions. This ranges from sustainable construction to energy and water conservation, responsible procurement, food distribution and participation in community initiatives.
For instance, BCEC has installed 764 solar panels, reducing the energy requirements of the building by 40 per cent. LEd lighting within BCEC’s halls has also been installed, with daylight harvesting and control of lighting levels via an app. This has resulted in a 50 per cent reduction in energy demand.
Carpark lighting has also been replaced with a LED sensor control system, reducing power to 15 per cent of prior levels. Meanwhile, The Centre’s organic dehydrator has reduced food waste volume by 85 per cent, converting it to a nutrient-rich organic fertiliser which is distributed on Brisbane city parklands.
BCEC general manager, Bob O’Keeffe, said BCEC has been at the forefront of sustainability, having been an inaugural member of Australia’s Greenhouse Challenge in 2001 and the first Australian convention centre to develop its very own Carbon Calculator for measuring remissions.
“Sustainability is essential to the future of our industry and the global community. Platinum Certification is a pivotal milestone in ensuring the Centre’s future success and sustainability.”
O’Keeffe added the Centre’s activities continue to support the Queensland Government’s transition to a resilient low carbon economy.