The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre has
embarked on a new drive to boost environmental awareness in the
business events sector, through its involvement in a government
The Centre has signed up for the 18-month New
South Wales Government Sustainability Advantage Program in order
to identify new measures that will help the venue and its clients
achieve a better environment.
Operated by the Department of Environment and
Climate Change, the program is designed to boost business
understanding of sustainability and assist in the identification
and management of present and future environmental issues, with a
particular focus on energy efficiency.
“We are very proud of the Centre’s
leadership on environmental issues within the business events
industry but we want to achieve more,” said Centre Chief
Executive, Ton van Amerongen. “Participation in this scheme will
raise the bar higher for us and help us discover new ways that we
can reduce the impact of events on the environment.”
The Centre has been a leader in environmental
practices over the past six years.
Since 2003 it has increased recycling volumes by
184% annually and in 2008 it recycled an impressive 46% of its
exhibition waste stream.
Its efforts to divert material from landfill
prevented the creation of 636 tonnes of greenhouse gas - an
achievement equivalent to taking 298 cars off Australian roads for
The Centre is one of the first Australian
venues, and one of only a handful worldwide, to be undertaking the
accreditation process to become a silver Green Globe benchmarked
venue. This comes two years after the Centre became one of the
first two convention centres in the world to receive Green Globe
benchmark accreditation for its environmental programs.
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