Sandton Convention Centre's green initiatives
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The Sandton Convention Centre is a mere 15 mins away from OR Tambo International airport, thanks to the high-speed Gautrain.
The Sandton Convention Centre’s green initiatives started as early as the year 2000, when it first opened, and the world’s focus was turning more and more to environmental issues such as global warming, carbon emissions, waste management and energy efficiency.
In 2002, when South Africa was hosting the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the Sandton Convention Centre’s green initiatives were recognised when it was awarded Gold classification by the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme. The programme provides tourism businesses with an effective environmental management system designed to limit and reduce the impact their operations have on the environment.
Through its ongoing commitment to reducing its envrionmental impact, and that on the surrunding community, it has retained its Gold status ever since.
Through its 'Green Plan', the Sandton Convention Centre, continues to strive for sustainable operations and search for new avenues of environmental improvement so as to achieve the highest levels of sustainable development. Its commitment to energy and resource management is based on continual improvement, the implementation of internationally competitive standards and the adoption of best practices in these fields.
The Sandton Convention Centre's green initiatives include...
The reduction in energy consumption by:
Switching off escalators that service the 12-storey building after the last event each evening.
Improved management of lighting and air conditioning during set-up and breakdown periods of events, and during the actual events.
Improved management of access doors to the main lobby area to reduce air conditioning and energy demand.
Ongoing staff awareness and training programmes designed to create more efficient use of energy.
There are the following waste disposal practices:
Where possible waste is sorted at source. Refuse is compacted in a bulk skip and removed to the dump.
Cans, paper, cardboard, plastic and glass are recycled.
Hazardous waste is disposed of by a responsible contractor that provides a certificate confirming it has been delivered to a hazardous waste fill.
Water is saved in the following ways:
Preference is given to indoor plants that consume small amounts of water.
Sensors in restrooms save water by switching taps off and by controlling flushing.
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