Monday, April 11th, 2011
The Adelaide Convention Centre has again been confirmed as one of the meetings industry’s top environmentally sustainable businesses.

For the second consecutive year it has achieved silver EarthCheck certification, performing at ‘above best practice’ in seven key areas of natural resource reduction. Its success in diverting waste from landfill saw it graded 57% above best practice.

The internationally respected EarthCheck Program, run by EC3 Global, is used by more than 1100 tourism and travel organisations in 65 countries. Among them are some of the world’s leading convention centres, hotel and travel groups, national park agencies, community organizations, and government regulators.

Program participants seek to manage their operations in an environmentally sustainable way to reduce their carbon footprints, gain cost savings, and improve triple bottom line performance.

Early in 2009, Adelaide became the first convention centre in Australia to achieve bronze EarthCheck accreditation. It was the first centre in Australia to progress to silver status last year and must undergo a rigorous audit process each year for five years to gain the coveted gold status.

“There are plenty of organisations out there espousing their ‘green’ or ‘eco’ credentials,” says the centre’s Chief Executive, Alec Gilbert. “But few of them have programs based on science and even fewer put themselves up for independent auditing.

“At ACC, benchmarking, research and continuous improvement are fundamental to achieving our sustainability goals – and living up to our ‘Gold Service, Green Attitude’ philosophy.”

The centre’s concerted ‘green crusade’ is now in its fifth year. Organic waste going to landfill has been virtually eliminated; it is aiming to reuse and recycle at least 90% of exhibition waste; electricity consumption has been cut by 26% and gas consumption by 35%; and the carbon emissions from staging events can be accurately calculated and offset.

“Ours is a company-wide approach,” Alec Gilbert says. “Sustainability is part of our business plan, the Board and senior management embrace our programs, and many of the best ideas – and much of the daily commitment – comes from the staff.”

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The Adelaide Convention Centre combines Gold Service with Green Attitude by offering Sustainable Meeting events packages and Carbon Emission offset options for organisers and delegates. The Adelaide Convention Centre is the first centre in Australia to achieve EarthCheck Silver Certification for its commitment to environmental sustainability.

The multi award winning Adelaide Convention Centre enjoys a global reputation for excellence and is consistently ranked among the world's top convention centres for its superior product, world-class facilities, exceptional standards and the superb conduct of their dedicated staff.

For more information please visit the Adelaide Convention Centre’s new interactive website: where you can see the bird’s eye view of Adelaide, keep up to date with ’What’s On’ at the venue, access material to plan your next event, and even calculate and offset the projected carbon emissions with the specially-designed Carbon Calculator.
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EarthCheck Certification is the world’s leading program, used by the travel and tourism industry. EC3 Global has certified more organisations than any other; resulting in over 1000 clients in some 60 countries.

EarthCheck complies with the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Greenhouse Gas Protocol, and the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) 14064 range of standards for greenhouse gas accounting.

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