MCEC takes leadership position in sustainable practices

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is proud to have again achieved gold status through EarthCheck, the world’s leading business advisory group specialising in sustainability and destination management for the travel and tourism industry.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is proud to have again achieved gold status through EarthCheck, the world’s leading business advisory group specialising in sustainability and destination management for the travel and tourism industry.

MCEC Sustainability Manger, Samantha Ferrier said the achievement is an important milestone in their broader commitment to sustainability, including MCEC’s new five-year sustainability strategy.

“As an industry, we need to be accountable for the impact we have on the world around us. This means, to make a meaningful shift across the sector, we must all commit to a shared vision of change. 

 “To be recognised as a leader in the sustainability space is a wonderful step towards our vision, to take tangible steps towards a positive impact on the environment” she said.

MCEC has been EarthCheck certified since 2009 and has proudly achieved gold status since 2016.

MCEC has cemented itself as a leader in the sustainability space over the years through initiatives that include: its involvement in the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, appointing a full-time sustainability manager and championing local produce.

To avoid catastrophic climate change, the world needs to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Today, we are already at 1.1 °C and feeling the effects, meaning that the window for achieving our target and avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change is rapidly closing.

The very environmental values and cultural assets that attract visitors to destinations need to be protected and responsibly managed.

The tourism industry and its operators are key to creating this change.

Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck, said that MCEC has taken a significant leadership position in sustainability.

Mr. Moore said, “I would like to congratulate the whole team at MCEC on their achievement, MCEC is a valued member of a global group of tourism operators who dare to make a difference.”

By continuing to work with EarthCheck, MCEC joins other industry leaders who are taking meaningful steps towards resolving some of the very real issues that face the planet.

For more information visit

EarthCheck Logo

of Country

There are more than 476 million Indigenous Peoples, found in all regions of the world, from the Arctic to the tropical forests. They make up more than 6 per cent of our global population.


In the spirit of reconciliation, EarthCheck acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout the world and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous Peoples today.


EarthCheck acknowledges that Indigenous Peoples are guardians of the forests and biodiversity hotspots we all depend on. Research shows that lands managed by Indigenous Peoples, with secure rights, experience lower deforestation rates, store more carbon, hold more biodiversity, and benefit more people than other lands — including protected areas.


We recognise and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is a positive document that maps out a path for Indigenous Peoples to be free from discrimination and secure in their identities and life choices.

EarthCheck Logo

EarthCheck Certified: Aligned globally

EarthCheck science and products were developed by the Australian Government Sustainable Tourism Co-operative Research Centre (STCRC) over ten years. Our science is reviewed annually to ensure that it meets international standards relative to greenhouse gas protocols, responsible tourism, and certification.

EarthCheck products and services are built on the Agenda 21 principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 Heads of State at the United Nations Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992 and aligned to the SDGs.

EarthCheck Certified provides a framework for organisations to achieve the desired outcomes for sustainable development as set out in the final report of the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.

EarthCheck Certified complies with the Mohonk Agreement (2000), which outlines the guidelines and principles for an international sustainable tourism certification program. It is also a Recognised program of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

EarthCheck Certified is a verification standard accepted by CDP. It is also an approved program of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA), London & Partners, the Mexican Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) and the City of Sydney.

EarthCheck Certified is an approved program for meeting the EU Energy Directive for the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle – BAFA) in Germany and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) in the Netherlands.

EarthCheck partners with international research organisations to maintain the currency of EarthCheck science and our benchmarking systems.

The EarthCheck brand signifies scientific excellence, better environmental, economic, and social performance, improved community interactions, and savings through more efficient use of resources. It provides recognition and promotional support to a global consumer market.