BCEC’s commitment to sustainability encompasses Environmental, Social and Economic impacts. BCEC has implemented environmental management systems, processes and organisational structures to meet EarthCheck Gold Standard Certification from the world’s most recognised and largest environmental management program, rating above Best Practice in the key areas of Energy Consumption, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Water Savings Rating and Waste sent to landfill.
Here are the BCEC Sustainability Initiatives:
- The Centre participates in AEG 1 EARTH – this program tracks their environmental performance on energy and water consumption and contributes to its 2020 Environmental Goals.
- The BCEC organic waste dehydrator turns 100kg of organic waste into 10kg of nutrient rich biomass – a sterile, safe to handle, soil enhancer. BCEC donate this to the City Parkland Services to use on the South Bank and Roma Street Parklands.
- BCEC has EarthCheck Gold Accreditation. This global certification program acknowledges the Centre’s compliance to the highest environmental standards.
- Recycled water is used to clean the facility’s roof, approx. 37,500 meters squared. The process of redirecting water to collection containers recycles 170,000L for reuse and prevents pollution to the water system through storm water drains.
- BCEC has a strategic partnership with Tangalooma EcoMarines (TEM) to protect the marine environment and wildlife in Moreton Bay.
- The Centre’s escalators are sensor driven, resulting in a 30% reduction in escalator energy usage.
- BCEC is partners with Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation donating pre-packaged meals on a regular basis
- In 2017, BCEC reduced its energy consumption by 762,192 mega joules which is equivalent to 32 typical 4 person households.
- The Centre is an official QLD FluoroCycle Signatory. FluoroCycle is part of the National Waste Policy which seeks to increase the national recycling rate of waster mercury-containing lamps.
- In the last 10 years BCEC has reduced its contribution to landfill by 42%. BCEC recycles a number of items including; batteries, containers, e-waste, glass, grease trap waste, metal, paper and cardboard, plastic and timber.