Melbourne’s sustainability recognised in GDS-Index
Ranked number 13 in the world overall, Melbourne and Melbourne Convention Bureau’s (MCB) sustainability performance was evaluated based on the city environmental strategy and infrastructure, city social sustainability performance, industry supplier support and MCB strategy and initiatives.
Melbourne’s highest ranking was in the category of city social sustainability scoring 75 per cent, and convention bureau performance achieving a 74 per cent ranking.
“MCB actively contributes to, and promotes, the city’s sustainability credentials to the business events industry in Australia and globally, and we’re committed to making Melbourne one of the world’s most sustainable cities,” said MCB CEO Karen Bolinger.
Top marks were received for Melbourne’s hotel inventory and convention facilities being easily accessible via public transport, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre having third-party sustainability certification, the City of Melbourne’s program that supports restaurants with a commitment to sustainability, public bike sharing facilities and subsidised public transport for major conventions.
Bolinger says that while significant progress has been made, there is more work to do.
“MCB will continue to work collaboratively with all our partners and the business events industry on supporting initiatives that strengthen the city’s eco-credentials,” she said.