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As a transformational event, GC2018 presents a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership in sustainability by delivering to international standards of best practice, leaving positive economic, environmental, social and community legacies that last beyond the Closing Ceremony.

The Gold Coast is renowned for its natural beauty, and GC2018 provides the ideal setting to celebrate and connect with the city’s natural assets, as well as showcase our vibrant and diverse community.

The First Australians and traditional custodians understood the importance of respecting the land, looking after the tribe and conserving resources for future generations. This is acknowledged and reflected through our commitment to sustainability.

Guiding our GC2018 delivery is the ISO 20121 event sustainability management system and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework Sustainability Reporting Standards. By implementing these frameworks incorporating stakeholder consultation and feedback, we have identified the following key sustainability pillars for GC2018:

We’re proud that our sustainability efforts have been recognised by the wider community.

  • Green star
  • Pride in Sport Index
  • Highly commended in Premier’s Sustainability Award
  • Australian Business Award

For further details on our work to date, please reference our foundation planning documents and sustainability reports below.

Contact the team via email [email protected]


Manage Our Impacts

Demonstrating environmental stewardship and protecting health of oceans through reduced use of pollutants such as plastic bags and helium balloons.

The impact of event pollution on the City’s waterways and ocean environment is a key concern for the local community.

Mass released helium balloons, light-weight plastic bags and single-use plastic water bottles are regularly found in the ocean, washed up on beaches, in the waterways and have been found to contribute to the death of marine life and sea birds.

They are a challenge to manage locally and throughout the world. Micro-plastic pollution is now working its way into the world’s food chains.

In response to this issue, GC2018 will be a helium balloon free event and Games-time messaging will encourage spectators to bring their own transparent, re-fillable water bottle, with drinking water available free of charge at GC2018 venues.

GOLDOC is working with suppliers and sponsors to responsibly manage these products and to provide spectators with alternate solutions which they will be encouraged to use.

Manage Our Impacts

Resource Recovery Hierachy

GC2018’s recycling and waste management systems and practices will be designed to maximise diversion from landfill within the constraints of the City’s existing recycling and waste management facilities.

GOLDOC’s Materials and Packaging Policy will be a key contributor to the responsible management of GC2018 waste.

GOLDOC’s approach to recycling and waste management for both GOLDOC’s Headquarters (GHQ) and the GC2018 event is based on the Waste and Recovery Hierarchy.

Case study: Games Headquarters 4 Star Green Star – Interiors PILOT Rating

An industry-leading 12 colour-coded recycling streams are available for office staff to recycle and maximise diversion from landfill at GOLDOC’s Headquarters. Information about recycling features in induction training and signage is consistent to Games-time signage. This commitment to recycling and reinvention was rewarded with GOLDOC achieving the city’s first 4 Star Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating for its Ashmore headquarters.

The rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) acknowledges best practice in sustainable interior fit outs.

To help make the Games a gold medal success, GOLDOC needed a facility which would grow as its workforce grew – from 50 in 2014 to more than 1,000 employees by the 4 April 2018 Opening Ceremony.

Games Headquarters 4 Star Green Star

Key features of GOLDOC’s headquarters include:
Extensive use of local experts for the construction and materials.
Reuse of an existing building, with a focus on recycled materials, fixtures and fittings, including floorboards sourced from a dismantled basketball court.
A workplace travel plan that incentivises active, public and shared transport.
Emphasis on accessible design, including upgrades to bathrooms, parking and entrance to the building, as well as accessible sinks in kitchens and hearing loop systems in major meeting rooms.
More than 360 indoor plants that enhance the visual aesthetics and working environment that will eventually make their way to the Commonwealth Games Village.
Incorporation of Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) elements into the building.

Carbon Emissions

Climate change is an important issue for Commonwealth nations, and the Oceania region. Responsibly managing the direct and indirect carbon emissions attributable to GC2018 is essential to delivering a sustainable event.

Minimising the carbon emissions attributable to GC2018

In order to understand our carbon impact, GOLDOC has developed an operational carbon baseline estimate. Our baseline and carbon accounting practices meet the technical requirements of the National Carbon Offsetting Scheme for events and will allow GOLDOC to:

identify high impact areas of delivery and prioritise efforts to mitigate emissions
assess our performance in reducing GC2018’s operational carbon impact

Our approach to mitigation focuses on low cost efficiency and conservation measures that aim achieve best practice carbon management outcomes while supporting GOLDOC’s operational and budget objectives. Principles that underpin mitigation efforts include:

Minimising venue energy use and temporary generator requirements
Use of existing facilities and hire/re-use solutions to minimise embodied impacts for temporary event requirements
Providing enduring legacy benefits by upgrading or installing low carbon technologies where appropriate
Procuring low carbon materials and energy efficient equipment like temporary broadcast lighting
Minimising GC2018 related travel
Minimising and recycling event waste
Promote behaviour change by communicating the importance of energy efficiency and emissions reduction to GOLDOC staff and suppliers
Embodying the above principles through GOLDOC’s procurement and supply chain management practices

Case study: Anna Meares Velodrome LED Lighting Solution

The new Anna Meares Velodrome provides a centre of excellence for track Cycling in Queensland. As Queensland’s first indoor Velodrome, this world class facility will attract elite training squads and competition events further developing Cycling in Queensland.

Anna Meares Velodrome

Featuring an international competition standard 250 metre timber cycling track, the new $59 million Anna Meares Velodrome is a GC2018 legacy project, jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Australian Government. It will host the GC2018 Track Cycling events, including four para-sport events – men’s and women’s blind and visually impaired sprints and the 1000m time trials.

The Velodrome’s in-field area also includes mixed-use sports courts providing for a range of additional sport and recreation uses.

GOLDOC also contributed to a longer term legacy solution for the venue by upgrading the lighting specifications from a metal halide solution to an LED solution. This will provide a lighting level to meet the needs of GC2018 and will cut energy consumption by up to 60%, reducing running costs and carbon emissions.

The permanent, international broadcast standard LED lighting, reduces the requirement for additional sports and broadcast lighting for future international competitions at the Velodrome.


GC2018 is a catalyst to bring forward transport infrastructure improvements for the long-term benefit of the community.

Public and active transport are the primary modes of transport to GC2018 events. We are working hard to identify accessible transport options to cater to varying transport needs.

For more information on our transport plans, visit the transport page.


A successful transport operation is critical to the success of any major sporting event. There will be significant demand on the transport system.

The GC2018 transport task is broad, ranging from public transport for spectators and workforce, ensuring that Gold Coast businesses can continue to operate as usual during GC2018 and the development of a priority transport network for the Games Family (athletes and team officials, Games officials, accredited media and technical officials).

Case study: Travel Demand Management

To ease the pressure on the transport system, the Travel Demand Management (TDM) program will influence travel behaviours in the lead up to and during GC2018. This focusses safety and efficiency, accessible transport connections and permanent adoption of active and public transport usage.

Case study: Travel Demand Management

Public transport, telecommuting, active travel and travelling outside of peaks to reduce pressure on the transport system during GC2018 will be encouraged.

These changes could contribute ongoing benefits such as reduced congestion, better health and cleaner air for the region.

Case study: An efficient transport fleet

The fleet of vehicles required to transport athletes, technical officials and other members of the Games Family will impact the GC2018 carbon emissions profile.

GOLDOC’s approach to fleet management is two-fold:
1. To procure the lowest vehicle emissions fleet operationally possible;
2. To create operationally efficient fleet vehicle running schedules.

In 2013, GOLDOC developed an initial estimate of fleet requirements using vehicle numbers and information from past Games and events. Those initial estimates identified the need for 1500 vehicles and 185,000 days of use, equating to approximately 945,000 litres of fuel consumed. This would have resulted in 2,430 tons of carbon emissions.

GOLDOC’s Fleet team has since worked closely with other departments to gradually refine fleet requirements and reduce GOLDOC’s fleet carbon emissions.

Fleet efficiency initiatives implemented include:
• Securing Commonwealth Games Federation approval to revise Games Family fleet service levels for GC2018. This allowed GOLDOC to re-allocate a number of vehicles from a dedicated personal car service to an on-demand taxi style transport system.
• Further refining Departmental requirements regarding vehicle types and days of use.

Based on this work, GOLDOC has been able to save approximately
• 150 vehicles
• 90,000 days of use
• 255,000 litres of fuel
• 666 tons of carbon.

Case Study: The Legacy of Light Rail Stage 2

The Gold Coast light rail currently operates between the Gold Coast University Hospital station in Southport and Broadbeach South station in Broadbeach. The network is 13 kilometres long with 16 stations.

On 6 August 2015, the Queensland Government announced it was progressing with plans for the second stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail (Stage 2).

Case Study: The Legacy of Light Rail Stage 2

The 7.3 kilometre Stage 2 light rail extension runs from Gold Coast University Hospital station to Helensvale heavy rail station and bus interchange, and will be operational prior to GC2018.

This will improve public transport travel between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and play a critical role in transporting spectators and workforce to GC2018 competition venues.

The preferred alignment provides a cost-effective solution by efficiently using existing road and rail corridors, therefore reducing impacts on the community and the environment.

Construction commenced in July 2016 with the project due for completion in early 2018 ahead of GC2018.

For more information:

For more Legacy Transport Information see Section 11 of the Transport Operations Plan:

The Gold Coast light rail can carry 300 passengers per tram, and has a regular service frequency of 7.5 minutes.
During GC2018 the Gold Coast light rail will:
• Continue to cater for community, commuter and visitor travel.
• Provide direct access to arts and cultural activities at Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.
• Provide spectator and workforce transport to transport hubs.
• Support spectator and workforce transport to Southport, Broadbeach and Labrador competition venues.

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