A Commitment to the Environment
The Adelaide Showground, a venue that accommodates more than 1.5 million visitors annually, has always held environmental sustainability as a priority. Through renovation and innovation, the Adelaide Showground recognises that it is our responsibility to create and implement sound environmental principles throughout the organization. We are committed to ensuring the Showground and events meet strict environmental criteria in accordance with current legislation, regulatory and statutory requirements.
Harnessing the Elements
The Adelaide Showground has installed more than 12,000 square meters of rooftop solar panels generating 1,400 mega-watt-hours (MWh) of solar electricity each year – the equivalent of powering 250 South Australian homes. This saves around 1,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. We have also installed a windmill, pumping stored water to a header tank - providing easy access to water for landscape watering.
The Society has undertaken numerous initiatives to reduce our energy consumption. These include High efficiency ‘green’ fluorescent lighting, Movement sensors in toilets to control lighting and ventilation and Sky lights in toilets and gallery areas. We also regularly audit our building’s energy performance and make improvements. Recently replacing 400W Metal Halide Lights with 250W LED lights in the Ridley Centre, as well as fitting the Main Arena Light Towers with LED's - using half the power of the previous lights.
The Adelaide Showground is proud of our Waste Management policies, ensuring a total 98.6% of Showground waste is recycled or reclaimed. Through our event partners and organisers, we encourage the reduction of future waste from both an attendee and exhibitor point of view.
Initiatives which run throughout the year include recycling of materials, i.e. cardboard, cans/bottle, print toners, electronics, organic waste and composting of green waste. The Showground is also looking to introduce a multi-bin system on a permanent basis across all events. The multi bin system will include general waste, cans, bottles, cartons, organic food waste and compostables.
A 3.5-million litre underground water storage tank supplies toilet flushing, irrigation, and associated water features across the northern half of the showground. The roof catchment for the tank yields approximately 10-million litres per annum. Water captured from the Dairy Pavilion roof is injected into the local aquifer. All toilets fitted with dual flush systems, regular maintenance prevents water leaks and biodegradable cleaning products reduce harm in the waste water system.
We pride ourselves on keeping the Adelaide Showground a welcoming, green space. Our Greening Initiatives include 70 mobile planter boxes, an additional 93 trees to the newly-developed North-West carpark, as well as an extra 1000sq metres of turf and garden beds along our North fence line covering over barren walls. We also plant a wide variety of flowering species so there is a food source for bees all year round, as well as a roof-top bee colony, currently home to two Bee Hives with plans to expand to include more hives.
Other Initiatives Include:
The Adelaide Showground strongly encourages attendees to travel to events via public transport or walking and cycling. Extensive infrastructure has been put in place including bike parking facilities, the incorporation of public transport facilities in the Goyder forecourt, connection to the Adelaide train network through the Showground Train Station, as well as close connections to bus and tram routes along Goodwood Road and ANZAC Highway.
The Adelaide Showground, in collaboration with contract caterer O’Brien Group Australia (OBGA) proactively investigate programs to better understand carbon reduction opportunities across our operations. Clients' sustainability concerns are equally important to us as it is to them how we source, prepare and provide food. The Showground also encourages event organisers to consider alternative systems for food presentation and serving, as well as preparation and disposal.
The Adelaide Showground is committed to protecting the environment, as well as aiming to provide a valuable educational resource for our staff and the wider community. Through initiatives such as a permanent ‘Environmental Walk’, Rooftop Tours to showcase the Solar Panel Array and active Beehives and additional training for RA&HS Employees.
Objective: To reduce waste across all operations of our business
The Society’s Environmental Management Strategy commits us to use resources efficiently and to minimise waste generation through reduction, reuse and recycling. 98.6% of Showground waste is recycled or reclaimed.
Initiatives which run throughout the year include recycling of materials, i.e. cardboard, cans/bottle, print toners, electronics, organic waste and composting of green waste. The Showground is also looking to introduce a multi-bin system on a permanent basis across all events. The multi bin system will include general waste, cans, bottles, cartons, organic food waste and compostables. Events with excessive waste are now charged removal fees for their waste. The aim is to encourage the reduction of future waste.
The venue waste collection, as illustrated below, demonstrates a 98.6% diversion from landfill rate for the Showground site (based on 13 months collection through to February 2018). Only 1.42% (General Waste WET) was contributed to landfill.
To reduce paper waste, a printing policy has been established. Staff are encouraged, whenever possible, to print double sided, use recycled paper and print in black & white only. All brochures and floor plans are available online, and quotes, invoices, statements and pay slips are sent via email.
Objective: To reduce energy consumption across the organisation
The Society has undertaken numerous initiatives to reduce our energy consumption. Energy saving initiatives include:
- High efficiency ‘green’ fluorescent lighting
- Sky lights in toilets and gallery areas
- Passive relief air paths which can operate in natural ventilation mode.
- High efficiency electric motors within evaporate cooling units.
- Movement sensors in toilets to control lighting and ventilation, minimising energy wastage
- Installation of blinds to all glazed areas to reduce glare and direct sun penetration.
- Minimal glazing in façade resulting in reduced heat loads.
- 12,000 square meters of rooftop solar panels generating 1,400 mega-watt-hours (MWh) of solar electricity each year – the equivalent of powering 250 South Australian homes. This saves around 1,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
- Windmill installation to pump stored water to a header tank, which is then used to fill water tanks for landscape watering.
We regularly audit our building’s energy performance and make improvements. For example, we replaced 400W Metal Halide Lights with 250W LED lights in the Ridley Centre, costing $20,000 to replace the light fittings. The Main Arena light towers have now also been fitted with LED’s, using half the power as the previous lights.
Our Environmental Aims
Conserve: energy, water, greenspace
Minimise: wastewater disposal, waste generation, pollution, harm to the environment
Encourage: a culture of environmental responsibility, recycling, environmentally friendly technologies and materials, our event partners to adopt sustainable practices
Address: all Australian environmental legislation, environmental concerns in all planning and landscaping decisions, sustainability initiatives in all new developments and upgrades
Objective: To reduce water consumption across the Showground
The Society is committed to use water resources in a way that meets industry, community and Government expectations. To fulfil this objective, a Water Master Plan was developed with several water conservation projects initiated.
A 3.5-million litre underground water storage tank supplies toilet flushing, irrigation, and associated water features across the northern half of the showground. The roof catchment for the tank yields approximately 10-million litres per annum. Water captured from the Dairy Pavilion roof is injected into the local aquifer. This reduces the amount necessary for irrigation and means that water can be extracted in summer with little evaporation. All toilets are fitted with dual flush systems, regular maintenance prevents water leaks and biodegradable cleaning products reduce harm in the waste water system.
The Society is registered with SA Water as an organisation for smart metering and is taking part in trials of smart metering systems to better understand event water usage.
Water conservation initiatives include:
- Increase water storage and use whenever opportunities arise including increased aquifer recharge
- Reduce water usage where possible
- Continue to investigate technological solutions for irrigation including new sprinklers
- Small rainwater systems through outer zones of the Showground
- A weather monitoring system to determine water use based on weather patterns, minimising over or under watering gardens and turf.
Greening the Showground
Objective: create welcoming, green space without compromising water conservation
We pride ourselves on keeping the Adelaide Showground a welcoming, green space. Current initiatives include:
- Minimised water usage through hydro-soils and subsurface irrigation.
- Installed root cells on all trees to help improve water retention and subsurface aeration.
- 70 mobile planter boxes
- Planting of 93 trees to the North-West carpark will turn what was once a barren space into an oasis of green.
- Extra 1000sq metres of turf in the North-West carpark replacing hard surfaces.
- Addition of garden beds along our North fence line covering over barren walls.
- Consideration of roof top gardens or green walls in conjunction with any new developments.
- Planting a wide variety of flowering species so there is a food source for bees all year round.
- Maximise landscaping as a venue asset through staged enhancement of established areas.
Encouraging Public and People-Powered Transport
Objective: Encourage staff and patrons to use public or people-powered transport to attend events at the Showground
The Society’s preferred position is for 90% of patrons to travel to the Show via public transport or walking and cycling. In the meantime, several measures have been initiated including:
- Incorporation of public transport facilities in the Goyder forecourt, providing better access to the Showground from Goodwood Road.
- Installation of bike parking facilities at the north and south entrances to the Showground, and financial support of the Keswick bikeway installation.
- Supported the installation of a safe pedestrian / bike crossing from the Park Lands to the Showground via Hamilton Boulevard.
- Encouraging visitors to use public transport through our marketing communication.
The Adelaide Showground is well serviced by the Showground train station, buses along both Goodwood Road and ANZAC Highway, as well as the Goodwood Road Tram Stop.
Objective: To reduce the impact of catering on our environment
The Society and contract caterer O’Brien Group Australia (OBGA) proactively investigate programs to better understand carbon reduction opportunities across our operations. Clients' sustainability concerns are equally important to us as it is to them how we source, prepare and provide food.
- Bulk buying to reduce packaging and waste.
- Use of organic products due to the pesticide-free farming practices used in growing these fruit and vegetables.
- Use of local products to reduce food miles and support local producers.
- Tighter management of production to minimize waste.
- Unused food is donated to OzHarvest or FoodBank to share with people in need and to reduce food waste.
- Utilizing multi bin system for event catering waste.
- Conscientious use of cleaning chemicals to minimise environmental impact while adhering to food safety regulations.
- Increasing the amount of compostable and recyclable packaging options, whilst reducing single-use plastics such as straws.
- Ensure catering sub-contractors are aware of our position on sustainability
Green Building Initiatives
Objective: To include sustainability initiatives into any new developments and upgrades at the Showground
Whenever the Society develops new buildings, we will include environmental design, initiatives and products such as Green ratings, NABERS ratings, or subsequent green building design parameters.
Examples of recent developments included the following elements:
- Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints used.
- Energy efficient lighting and cooling.
- Use of recycled carpets.
- Use of light sensors in all new developments
- Collecting rainwater for uses such as toilet flushing and irrigation.
Environmental Communications, Education and Training
Objective: To educate our staff and the public on green initiatives
The Society is committed to protecting the environment, and at the same time we want to provide a valuable educational resource for our staff and the wider community. We understand that staff should undergo environmental awareness training to familiarise them with their responsibilities for implementing the Environmental Management Strategy and with the overall environmental policy and objectives of the organisation.
The Society has therefore introduced the following initiatives:
Introduced a permanent ‘Environmental Walk’ to highlight the environmental aspects now in place at the Adelaide Showground.
Provide opportunity for school students and industry groups to view the venue’s green facilities year-round.
Two active beehives on the roof of the Goyder Pavilion; viewed in combination with the solar panel rooftop tour all days of the Royal Adelaide Show and Science Alive!, weather permitting.
Included a regular green column in the staff newsletter and “Green Tip of the Month” via email to all staff.
Committee representative to make an annual visit to an external green facility or business to research new green methods which may be implemented at the Adelaide Showground.
Investigate training opportunities available to Committee members to assist in further education on sustainability
How You Can Help
Consider taking public transport or riding your bike to the Showground.
Use e-tickets on your mobile device for events rather than printing on paper.
Bring your own water bottle and save on single use plastic.
Make a difference
Take advantage of the multi-use bin system across the Showground and recycle your cans and bottles.
Let us know if you spot any leaky taps on site so we can halt water wastage.