EarthCheck is the standard environmental best practice program used by convention centres and tourism and travel organisations in more than 70 countries around the world.
BCEC joins an elite group of world-wide venues and tourism organisations which operate at the highest environmental standards.
Gold certification for the Centre follows eight years of continuous commitment to sustainable venue operations and best management practices. Areas of focus include environmental policy, energy efficiency, waste management and resource recovery, water conservation and community consultation and engagement.
Under EarthCheck auditing, the Centre has performed above best practice in ten key areas including energy consumption, Green House Gas Emissions, Water Savings, Waste sent to Landfill and Community Contributions which, under the EarthCheck program is considered is a world-class achievement to be very highly commended.
In a first for Australian Convention Centres, BCEC developed a carbon calculator for events and introduced a raft of major environmental initiatives with significant achievements in energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management and resource recovery.
Stewart Moore, CEO and founder of EarthCheck, presented BCEC General Manager Bob O’Keeffe and Building Services Manager, Ian Chalmers with the Gold Certification Certificate and congratulated the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on achieving Gold Certification under the global EarthCheck Certification Standard.
“This achievement places Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre as an industry leader that has consistently benchmarked operational and sustainability performance against internationally recognised criteria over a five year period. The BCEC has consistently demonstrated a commitment to adopting responsible business practices and promoting the need for more sustainable operations across the entire Centre.”
BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said environmental integrity had become fundamental to the daily operations of the Centre. “We made a strategic commitment a number of years ago now to establish our credentials as a globally responsible organisation and to build a sustainable future for our clients, our staff and our community.
“We have developed a culture at the Centre where we believe that as individuals and as an organisation we have an obligation to make choices that will reduce our impact on the environment and contribute to building more caring communities.
“We believe this is a vital part of providing a world class facility and delivering the best possible conference and event experience. It is a fundamental pillar to success,” he said. BCEC has received 11 awards for its environmental stewardship including two international and four national awards, with the most recent being the AEG Worldwide Award for Best Sustainability Engagement Activity for 2014 1EARTH Month.