Sustainability

Sustainability

Our Policy

Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) recognises that the MCG, its associated events and operations and other MCC managed venues, have the potential to impact the environment.

Accordingly, the club is committed to identifying and minimising these impacts through our Environmental Management System (EMS), prepared in accordance with the Australian/International Standard AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004.

In line with this, MCC is committed to:
  • Compliance with relevant regulatory and legislative requirements, standards and codes of practice and regularly evaluating compliance with such requirements.
  • Continual improvement of environmental performance and best practice in environmental management through the implementation of our EMS.
  • The prevention of pollution by managing stadium events and activities in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Measurement and minimising of resource consumption; specifically water and energy use associated with stadium processes and operations.
  • Waste management practices that identify opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Minimising emissions of greenhouse gases and use of ozone depleting substances in developments, activities and events at our venues.
  • Communicating this policy and the procedures in our EMS to staff, contractors, suppliers and stakeholders, as well as promoting the adoption of environmentally sound practices.
  • Regular evaluation of the success of this policy and our EMS and reporting to MCC Committee and senior management.
These commitments provide a framework to set environmental objectives and targets that form the basis for our EMS.

We encourage our staff, contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to similarly adopt these good business practices and make the success of this policy part of their goals.

Waste

MCC adheres to five key guiding principles to continually improve its performance in waste management:

• Reduce unrecyclable waste.
• Reuse materials where possible.
• Promote recycling by providing appropriate infrastructure.
• Educate employees, patrons and contractors.
• Use landfill as a last resort.

The MCC co-ordinates its employees, contractors and patrons so as to maintain the maximum effectiveness of the waste management strategy. The club is also an active participant in the Closed Loop recycling program.

Water

Despite its commitments to the upkeep of the MCG turf and stadium for the hosting of major events, MCC has operated under a water conservation plan for some time.

The sand profile on the ground has helped reduce water usage by more than one million litres annually without reducing turf quality.

The MCC is conscious of its social and community responsibility towards the use of water. There are a number of measures either in place or being examined to ensure the MCC remains a responsible user of this precious resource.

One of the most significant water saving projects in the club’s history involved the installation of a water recycling plant in Yarra Park that has reduced consumption of potable water by up to 50 per cent.

Other water-saving measures being used include the harvesting of rainwater from the northern stand roof (via a 1.5 million-litre storage tank) to clean the seating bowl and concourse, re-engineering the end of hose pipes to increase pressure, implementing toilet flush reduction techniques and the installation of water-saving shower heads and timer controlled taps.

Energy

Working in tandem with Siemens, MCC has undertaken an energy efficiency upgrade that has converted the MCG into one of the most environmentally sustainable stadia in the world – and saved enough electricity to power the light towers for nearly six years.

The program of works have resulted in the MCG generating enough energy savings annually to power 835 houses.

Examples of the work involved include:

• Replacing the existing lighting systems with low-energy lighting technologies.
• Installing a new building management system.
• Implementing changes to heating and ventilation systems.
• Installing new chilled water systems and modernised room control systems.

In November 2017, the MCG and Siemens work was judged Best Commercial Energy Efficiency Project at the National Energy Efficiency Awards.


MCC CEO Stephen Gough (right) with Siemens representatives at the MCG in November 2014.

“Our energy efficient project with Siemens represents the ultimate in sustainable efficiency and ensures the MCG remains a world-class and environmentally responsible stadium.” Stephen Gough, CEO, Melbourne Cricket Club