Suncorp Stadium’s commitment to the environment is woven into the way the venue operates through AEG 1EARTH, AEG Ogden’s environmental programme that measures and quantifies the impact of our operations, identifies goals to guide decision-making, and provides tools to continually improve environmental performance.
AEG 1EARTH has set company-wide 2020 environmental goals with a focus on energy, water and waste.
The following are example of Suncorp Stadium’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.
In 2011, Suncorp Stadium underwent major reconstruction necessitated by extensive flooding damage to the facility. The repairs required a 16 million dollar investment which the AEG Ogden management team saw as an opportunity to integrate cutting edge sustainable products and technologies into Queensland’s premier sports venue.
A number of initiatives were implemented to mitigate against future flood damage including:
The following environmentally-friendly initiatives were also included as part of the reconstruction:
Suncorp Stadium recognizes that certain human activities contribute to global climate change, which impacts public health and the environment. The best way for us to do our part is to reduce our overall energy demand through energy efficiency. Some of our energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives include:
The Stadium aims to help reduce the carbon emissions from fans commuting to events by promoting the use of public transport. One particular initiative allows patrons, by showing their event ticket, to travel free on rail and bus public transport services to and from games. This has resulted in on average 84% of all event patrons since 2003 catching public transport to events at the Stadium, meaning less people are coming to events via private vehicles.
The Stadium is located in a region that experiences drought conditions and therefore water conversation is a major challenge. By adopting a number of water efficiency measures, the Stadium is ensuring it is not as reliant on city water supplies to undertake necessary irrigation and cleaning operations. Some of our water efficiency efforts include:
Solid waste generation is growing in volume and toxicity in most communities. The disposal of manufactured products that contain chemicals and metals into landfills causes pollution. We aim to minimize waste and divert as much as possible from landfill to recycling and other productive uses. From 2010 to 2011 our efforts increased Suncorp’s recycling rate by 18.6% resulting in an overall 57% diversion from landfill. Some of our waste reduction initiatives include:
The manufacture, use and disposal of the products we buy contribute to our environmental footprint. We are committed to making smart purchasing decisions and selecting environmentally preferable products whenever feasible. One success is the Stadium’s use of toilet paper and tissues which have been produced from renewable forestry products.
As Queensland’s premier sports venue, we have a unique opportunity to raise environmental awareness among our staff and guests. Internally, we educate full and part-time staff through induction and annual refresher training. Topics covered include the facility’s environmental efforts and their role in the program, in particular the effort to reduce energy consumed and increase recycling. In addition, Suncorp Stadium has initiated a Green Team made up of representatives from each department which meets quarterly to identify opportunities and initiatives to lessen the Stadium’s impact on the environment.
We also engage our staff and guests through annual environmental outreach events such as Earth Hour annually, subject to the staging of events, by switching off all non-essential lighting for the nominated hour.