The Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) has continued to demonstrate environmental leadership during 2013/14 by exceeding EarthCheck best practice in eight key areas including water savings, waste management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

These achievements have been made more remarkable by the Centre undergoing a major expansion, which has impacted energy and water use, and having an outstanding year for conferences and events.

The outstanding results follow the Adelaide Convention Centre being given EarthCheck Gold Certification in January having achieved five years of continuous silver certification and in the process significantly reducing its environment footprint.

EarthCheck, run by environmental advocacy group EC3 Global, is the standard environmental best practice program used by convention centres, travel and tourism organisations around the world.

Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said the Centre had achieved environmental excellence by innovating but also by doing lots of small things consistently well.

“The whole team at the Centre is on-board, and particularly through the expansion works and a busy year, they’ve proved to be incredibly diligent,” said Mr Gilbert.

“Sustainability not only makes sense environmentally but also economically and in turn this translates into better value for our clients.”

The standout figures in the EarthCheck Report for the 2013/14 financial year were the Centre’s energy consumption and water savings.

Energy consumption (measured in Megajoules per Square Metre) was the lowest ever recorded since EarthCheck started auditing the Centre in 2007/08.

Meanwhile, The Centre was given a water savings rating of 93.4 (out of 100) which is 13.4 above best practice level.

Other areas where the Centre exceeded best practice included greenhouse gas emissions, waste sent to landfill, waste recycling, community contribution and use of paper, cleaning products and pesticides.

The Centre has been particularly successful in reducing food waste after becoming the first convention centre to use worms to recycle its organic waste in 2008 and partnering with local charities to donate spare meals to people in need.

This year, the Centre passed the milestone of donating 100,000 spare meals to partners OzHarvest SA and Foodbank SA, who collect the meals and provide them to their own charity partners for distribution to disadvantaged South Australians.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Adelaide Convention Centre Marketing Manager Giovanna Toldi on (08) 8212 4099