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Delivering a sustainable GC2018

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) is committed to showing leadership in sustainability by delivering the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) to international standards of best practice, leaving positive economic, environmental, social and community legacies.

Guiding GC2018’s delivery are two international frameworks: ISO 20121, the international standard in sustainable event management systems and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting framework.

GOLDOC’s Functional Area teams integrated sustainability considerations into their strategic planning by ensuring the organisation supported delivery of initiatives in alignment with GC2018’s nine sustainability priorities.

In recognition of this work to date GOLDOC achieved:

  • Second party conformity to ISO 20121
  • An Australian Business Award for Sustainability 2016
  • Highly Commended in the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards
  • A 4 Star Green Star – Interiors PILOT Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia for the fit-out of its Games Headquarters (GHQ) at Ashmore—a first for the City. GHQ has an industry-leading waste management program with 11 colour-coded recycling streams and one landfill stream in place.

An event such as the Commonwealth Games can create impact far beyond the sporting arena, providing an opportunity to inspire behaviour change.

Empowering the event supply chain and local community to become more sustainable can help establish a legacy to inspire change long after the event has concluded.

Clearly communicating sustainability initiatives such as a colour-coded waste management system, aided in educating GC2018 stakeholders and spectators.

GC2018 engaged sustainable suppliers and vendors such as Organic Street Food, which demonstrated how food service materials can be recycled, if placed in the right bin, and opted for solar power as their power source. The business also engaged local food suppliers.

Tourism and Events Queensland has recently updated its Queensland Events Guide to include a new chapter about how to deliver sustainable practices as part of your event. The Guide is a comprehensive compendium of useful tips and information about how to deliver a successful event.

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GC2018’s leadership in sustainability provided a best practice example for other global and local events

GC2018 demonstrated a leading model for sustainable event delivery

  • Implementation of a sustainable events management system using the best practice ISO 20121 and Global Reporting Initiative Framework

GC2018 was a platform to unite Commonwealth countries on sustainability related issues

  • GC2018 demonstrated sustainability in action, raised awareness and can lead to behavioural change