Echo Entertainment Group is committed to sustainability leadership of energy and waste reduction within the entertainment sector and greening our footprint in the communities in which we operate.
Following a materiality assessment in 2014 Echo established our five year "Environment and Sustainability Strategy and Framework" comprising six key focus areas with strategies to deliver supported by annual objectives. Our strategy and framework is aligned to our business strategy and incorporates a range of projects and initiatives that deliver tangible outcomes and enduring behavioral changes.
Our environment and sustainability framework:
- Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) finalist for "Best Environmental Practices Metropolitan Hotel"
- Developed and launched ‘Echo Friendly’; a program to reach and seek feedback from our team members on environment and sustainability issues they see across all properties
- Implemented a new waste strategy improving our Group recycling rate by 14%
- Introduced a new recycling system, including food waste and mixed recycling which resulted in increasing The Star’s recycling rate in 2014 year by 28%
- Established Sustainability Committees at each casino property for ongoing accountability
- Developed an Environment and Sustainability intranet site reaching over 6000 team members since our program launch
- Completed strategic building assessments incorporating level 2 energy audits across our casino properties to identify a five year roadmap for energy saving opportunities
- Echo Entertainment Group was the first major entertainment group to commit nationally to setting ambitious energy and waste reduction targets under City Switch
- Echo has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has continued to be a member of the FTSE4Good Index
- Echo reports annually and has been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) consistently.
Echo is committed to managing our operations in line with our Environmental Management Policy and Environmental Management Principles. Echo has set absolute resource consumption reduction targets and is focused on improving the sustainability outcomes from our projects and developments.
Echo has implemented Sustainable Design Guidelines challenging ourselves and our suppliers to achieve greener buildings. Energy efficiency is a key part of these best practice guidelines recommending that all new Echo developments and retrofits consider;
- High quality LED lighting and effective zoning
- Reducing solar gain in our design
- Sub-metering and performance monitoring
- Utilising natural lighting and ventilation
- Operating sections of the buildings that are in use only
- Installing the most energy efficient plant and controls
- Trialing new technologies suited to our buildings