Adelaide Venue Management releases ESG strategy

Adelaide Venue Management has unveiled its inaugural environmental social governance strategy, which plots the company’s path to a more sustainable future in events and venue management.

The four-year plan outlined in “The Green Print” covers 2024 to 2027 and highlights Adelaide Venue Management’s plan to minimise its environmental footprint and maximise its positive impact on communities.

The company operates Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Coopers Stadium, and its environmental social governance (ESG) blueprint emphasises its commitment to delivering responsible events, with initiatives closely aligned to South Australian and federal sustainability targets, and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“Sustainability is a major focus in the events and venue management industry, with growing patron expectations and event organisers seeking to align with sustainable venues,” says Martin Radcliffe, CEO of Adelaide Venue Management (pictured, above right).

“As the proud operator of three of South Australia’s most important and iconic venues, Adelaide Venue Management is committed to raising the bar when it comes to all things ESG.

“Whether it is reducing energy consumption, minimising waste or embracing diversity, we’re constantly seeking to innovate and lead our industry.

“The Green Print will guide our ESG initiatives during the next four years, prioritising areas of most importance to our clients, team and the industry at large.

“It’s not only about improving the environmental efficiencies of our venues, but creating tangible solutions for our clients and guests to support a better tomorrow.”

Key focus areas of The Green Print include:

  • Going green: Exploring new methods to reduce energy use, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminating and avoiding waste. As part of The Green Print, Adelaide Venue Management will work to divert 95 per cent of waste from landfill; transition to 100 per cent LED lighting; and increase onsite renewable electricity generation across its venues.
  • Sustainable sourcing: Supporting South Australian suppliers to ensure the benefit of Adelaide Venue Management’s operations extend to support local businesses. The Green Print commits to maintaining at least 97 per cent South Australian-based suppliers, with representation of all the state’s renowned food and beverage production regions.
  • Community education and engagement: Collaborating to build awareness, motivate change and improve collective outcomes. This focus area extends to social sustainability and fostering deeper relationships with First Nations suppliers and local not-for-profit organisations.
  • Adapting to a changing climate: Developing resilience to navigate climate change, guided by EarthCheck standards; exploring sustainable food production capabilities; and supporting biodiversity/ecosystem services growth in South Australia.
  • Good governance: Regular and transparent communication of Adelaide Venue Management’s ESG contributions to highlight impacts to the business, including publication of an annual ESG report, highlighting progress against key targets.

“At Adelaide Venue Management, we recognise the important role we play in creating awareness, educating and promoting solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues, including climate change, waste avoidance, accessibility and First Nations reconciliation,” says Julian Marchant, Adelaide Venue Management’s ESG planning and project manager (pictured, above left).

“The Green Print outlines Adelaide Venue Management’s targets and actions relating to these themes, and is designed to maximise our positive impact and help create lasting legacies for our clients and the broader community.

“The plan is ambitious in its targets, but we remain fully committed to inspiring and driving positive environmental and social change.”


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