Sustainability at Melbourne & Olympic Parks

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 – Margaret Court Arena, the National Tennis Centre and the Tennis HQ administration building. 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

Energy

  • 13.5 per cent reduction in electricity use across Melbourne Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open period as a result of mechanical plant optimisation initiatives.
  • Car park ventilation is designed to be triggered by the CO2 monitors so it runs only when required.
  • Improvements to Rod Laver Arena air conditioning system were introduced that enable the system to be scaled in intensity depending on the occupation levels – reduces the electricity usage of both fans and cooling plant.
  • Increased energy efficient LED lighting installed to the Western Courts, significantly reducing energy use to this area.

Water

  • In 2018, 19 million litres of water was saved. Of the water saved 4.5 million litres was used for toilet flushing and the remainder was used for irrigation of the precincts green space areas.
  • Low water usage sanitary fittings throughout the redevelopment help keep the water usage at minimum required levels.
  • Rainwater harvesting and treatment facilities, including a new underground 4.5 megalitre stormwater retention tank were installed in the centre of Melbourne Park, as part of the first stage of the Melbourne Park redevelopment.

Food & Beverage Packaging 

  • Straws: bio-degradable ‘Eco Straws’ are available on request only, having been removed from being freely available ad counters and condiment stands within Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Arena.
  • Post-mix cups: an alternative lid has been sourced to eliminate the need for straws.
  • Packaging, paper plates, napkins and paper towels: made from recycled materials.
  • Wooden cutlery: made from either recycled materials or sustainable plantation timbers.
  • Plastic cutlery: items are biodegradable.
  • Plastic cups: bio-compostable and all certified to AS4736 standards.
  • Cup carry trays: plastic with a Recycle 6 mark.
  • Corporate area plates: 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.