Sustainability Leadership

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is an industry leader in environmental innovation. GCCEC embraces the governing principles of sustainable development including stewardship, inclusivity, integrity and transparency.

In 2018, GCCEC became ‘EarthCheck Platinum’ certified in recognition of its commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standard. EarthCheck is the world’s pre-eminent environmental management program for the travel and tourism sectors. GCCEC submits annual data to EarthCheck to benchmark their activities against the certifier’s key performance areas.

Since the Centre’s opening in 2004, implementation of a Sustainability Policy and Environmental Management Plan has ensured the continuous integration of environmental and social sustainability into strategy, planning and business operations. At every step the Centre encourages partnerships with clients that promote sustainability best practices.

Our Sustainability Policy

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*GCCEC Sustainability in practice


Sustainability Initiatives

GCCEC is proud of its reputation as a world-leader in sustainable meetings and events. The team is firmly committed to the continued cultivation of environmental and social stewardship and strongly supports eco-friendly practices, both operationally and in design.

Best practices at GCCEC include:

  • Waste minimisation and reduction of consumables
  • Integrated communication systems to control energy consumption and building services
  • On-site grey water recycling and management system
  • Working with supply chains to develop broader sustainable closed-loop systems
  • Procurement of environmentally friendly products and packaging

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The events community is becoming more aware of the environmental impacts arising from their events. The GCCEC team is committed to supporting them to implement more sustainable and responsible initiatives.

We provide the resources below so you can learn more about sustainability and assimilate strategies into your standard business practice, including a free Green Event Checklist, outlining comprehensive steps to help event planners reduce the carbon footprint of their next event.

Green Event Checklist


GCCEC is benchmarked by EarthCheck, the worlds largest environmental management program specifically designed for the travel and tourism industry. GCCEC was the first convention centre in the world to attain EarthCheck Gold certification in 2015. In 2018 they were again the first venue of their kind to achieve EarthCheck Platinum certification.

In 2014 GCCEC became the first EarthCheck certified member to be verified against the ‘EarthCheck Responsible Meetings & Events Standard’, aligned to the international standard ISO 20121 Event Sustainability.

GCCEC is part of an ongoing EarthCheck pilot program (with other convention centres globally) to improve and review the activity measure benchmarking for convention centres. The aim is to provide organisations with a more meaningful assessment to assist with monitoring and managing their environmental performance. GCCEC was a key contributor in leveraging EarthCheck to proceed with the study.

Learn more about EarthCheck

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