At Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP), we are committed to being an environmentally responsible organisation, working to reduce water, waste and energy consumption.

As part of the Melbourne Park redevelopment, M&OP is the custodian of three LEED Gold certified buildings in Margaret Court Arena, the National Tennis Centre and Tennis HQ.

Margaret Court Arena is the first sport and entertainment arena in Australia to receive the certification.

LEED certification will continue to be a goal throughout the Melbourne Park redevelopment building program.

At the conclusion of its redevelopment, Rod Laver Arena is also expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.

What is LEED?

The LEED rating system, developed by the US Green Building Council is the program of buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

More than 154 countries are currently participating in LEED.

It is the most internationally recognised certification of its kind and stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

It recognises best in-class building strategies and practices and in order to receive certification building projects must satisfy prerequisites including water and energy efficiency, use of materials and resources, and innovation in design to earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

Sustainability Achievements


  • Eastern Plaza Car park ventilation designed to be triggered by the CO2 monitors so it runs only when required.
  • Improvements to Rod Laver Arena air conditioning system that enable the system to be scaled in intensity depending on the occupation levels.
  • Energy efficient LED lighting installed to the Western Courts, significantly reducing energy use to this area.


  • Reduced water usage sanitary fittings throughout the redevelopment to help keep usage at minimum required levels.
  • Rainwater harvesting and treatment facilities, including a new underground 4.5 megalitre stormwater retention tank installed in the centre of Melbourne Park, as part of the first stage of the redevelopment.

Food & Beverage

  • Bio-degradable ‘Eco Straws’ available on request only, having been removed from being freely available ad counters and condiment stands within Rod Laver Arena and John Cain Arena.
  • Alternative lid sourced for post-mix cups to eliminate the need for straws.
  • Packaging, paper plates, napkins and paper towels made from recycled materials.
  • Cutlery made from recycled materials, sustainable plantation timbers or are biodegradable if plastic.
  • Bio-compostable plastic cups and all certified to AS4736 standards.
  • Cup carry trays with a Recycle 6 mark.
  • Corporate cutlery made with sustainable plantation bamboo.

Green Space

  • Emphasis on green spaces across the site, including planting of trees to provide shade, garden beds and grassed areas.

Redevelopment Waste

  • The minimisation and disposal of waste during construction is an actively pursued LEED strategy and each new project has achieved these points.