Sustainability efforts at ICEM 2022
ICEM 2022 is making every effort to reduce the carbon footprint and ensure sustainability practices are being followed where possible. The Melbourne Convention Centre and our Conference organisers MCI are working hard to ensure the below practices are being followed.
Our commitment to sustainability
How hosting your event at MCEC makes it sustainable
- MCEC is EarthCheck gold certified
- We purchase renewable electricity which offsets approx. 15% of our electricity consumption
- Food waste is diverted from landfill using our onsite organic dehydrator
- Rescuable food is donated to OzHarvest
- Dedicated Sustainability Manager to assist you with your event
- 6 Green Star Building and sustainable building design features: the Melbourne Convention Centre incorporates natural light, sensor lights, sensor taps, low energy escalators and solar capture for heating water. The Melbourne Exhibition Centre is fitted with an energy management System, complete with a CO2 monitoring system and variable speed drives
- Rainwater is harvested from our roof
- We use local and ethical suppliers for food and beverage (90% Victorian suppliers and 99% Australian suppliers)
- We’ve eliminated plastic straws from the venue and plastic water bottles from catering
- Where possible, we avoid using disposable cutlery and packaging by replacing them with reusable alternatives
- We divert waste from landfill using 17 different waste streams
- We recycle disposable coffee cups via Simply Cups
- We use eWater Systems in our kitchens which is an organic certified disinfectant and cleaning solution that uses water, salt and an electrolyser to replace harsh chemicals and single-use plastic containers
- We’ve installed 36 permanent ‘food cubes’, growing herbs, citrus & flowers to help supply our menus
- Our coffee supplier The Sustainable Coffee Company (TSCC) is a Melbourne based roaster and the first Australian coffee company to be 100 per cent carbon offset from tree to cup.
- We use an Energy Management System (EMS) in the Exhibition Centre, complete with variable speed drives and a CO2 monitoring system, which has resulted in a 30% reduction in energy use since 2016
- Our venue is easily accessible by public transport and cycling paths
- We are a signatory to the Net Zero Carbon Events Initiative
- Our Sustainability Strategy 2021-26 addresses 14 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligns our business accordingly
Waste reduction management
- Use digital signage and communication to avoid printing and wastage.
- Use recyclable, reusable or upcycled material for collateral, displays and decorations
- Leftover food will be donated to a charity at the end of each day
- Water refill stations will be throughout the centre to ensure water bottles are encouraged
- Exhibition stands/builders use reusable or recyclable items (not compostable or biodegradable as they cannot be composted at our facility)
We will have Eco Boxes for lunch daily which reduces waste and single-use items from catering.
Sustenance and sustainability
We want our food to have a big impact at your event, but a small one on the environment. That’s why we’re constantly finding ways to reduce waste and remove single-use items from your catering experience. Now, with our new Eco Boxes, your conference catering menu is leaving a lasting impression for the right reasons.
Carbon and emissions
- Utilise the virtual platform to reduce the environmental footprint of bringing delegates to ICEM
- Encouraging the use of public transport routes, cycling and walking routes. Melbourne has free public tram services within the CBD
- Choosing plant-based menu options
- MCEC sources produce from local, passionate and ethical suppliers
- All major ingredients from local farms and markets within a 100 mile radius of MCEC.