Tasmania to Become a Carbon Neutral Destination by 2025
Hollybank Treetops Adventures
(Singapore 23 April 2021)- Tasmania’s tourism industry has set the ambitious goal of becoming a carbon-neutral destination in just four years.
The Australian state is a genuine leader in responding to climate change and is one of only a handful of jurisdictions in the world to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency in clean, reliable and affordable renewable energy. It is leading Australia’s transition to a low-emissions economy, with the state setting a target to double its renewable energy generation to 200 percent of current needs by 2040.
Rob Pennicott from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and Chair of the Carbon Neutral Destination steering committee said, “Climate change is a significant global challenge and a concern for many travellers. The Tasmanian industry’s commitment to becoming a truly carbon neutral destination represents the very best of our people and their deep sense of responsibility to our stunning natural environment.”
The local industry will be supported to achieve this goal with $1.5 million from the Tasmanian Government to enable tourism operators to undertake carbon audits and formulate a pathway to achieving a globally recognised standard of operation. The industry has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic but has not lost sight of its long-term commitment to building a sustainable tourism industry for the benefit of our visitors and community.
With an eco-conscious mindset becoming more prevalent amongst travellers, this will definitely be one of the reasons for Tasmania to be a bucket-list destination when the skies reopen.
Some of the Tasmanian tourism operators leading the way for sustainability are:
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys with tours that are 100% carbon offset, and measurement of energy use, water consumption and waste output through the internationally recognised EarthCheck system. Robert Pennicott, the founder, is also Chair of the Carbon Neutral Destination steering committee and has a deep passion in ensuring his tours operate in harmony with the environment.
The Retreat, Pumphouse Point
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary with initiatives such as using 100% organic cleaning products and replacing plastic bottles with glass alternatives, providing a safer environment for wildlife within their premises.
The Great Walks of Tasmania, which has a collection of iconic walking experiences across Tasmania’s beautiful environments dedicated to preserving and caring for our untouched wilderness.
Roaring 40s Kayaking, which reduces carbon emissions of its tours, and encourages its guests to tackle climate change.
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