Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Taronga Conservation Society Australia has a vision to ‘secure a shared future for wildlife and people’. This vision drives our conservation, research, education and sustainability activities. It also inspires us to collaborate with partners in Australia and around the world to initiate change.
For the 2 million guests who visit our zoos each year, we strive to be a source of inspiration, emotion and transformational experience. Taronga’s sustainability campaigns aim to motivate and empower individuals and businesses to choose, champion and change simple everyday behaviours. To be a source of inspiration we must lead by example and incorporate sustainability in everything we do.
“As a conservation organisation we have a responsibility to lead by example and influence the broader community towards positive action for wildlife and people.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since November 2018.
Why are you carbon neutral?
As a conservation organisation we have a responsibility to lead by example and influence the broader community towards positive action for wildlife and people.
What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Climate Active certification helps us demonstrate to the public, our visitors, corporate partners and employees that we proactively assess, monitor and curb our greenhouse gas emissions and our climate change related impacts. Climate change is a key threat to wildlife on a global scale – the same species we strive to protect through our conservation and breeding programs.
What offset projects do you support?
An international hydro power project bundled with biodiversity offsets.
Why did you choose these projects?
We chose offset units that are bundled with biodiversity offsets to support habitat revegetation to our Australian legacy species including koalas, regent honey-eaters and platypus.
How can consumers support you?
By visiting our zoos, enrolling into one of our education programs or staying overnight you will learn and experience the range of actions we take on a daily basis to support biodiversity and help protect critically endangered species.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
We have and are continuing to implement on site solar at both our zoos and to date we have installed 500 kW of PV solar. We are implementing a smart integrated utilities control and monitoring system to identify and tackle resource inefficiencies. We are building sustainably and have achieved GreenStar ratings for two of our recent developments. We are striving to divert up to 90 per cent of waste from landfill by 2020. We are investigating options to go 100 per cent renewable energy.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
The process is easier than one might assume and the certification has great potential to showcase true leadership!