Thursday, July 4, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Tourism Operators Participate In Healthy Heart Program

An impressive 49 local tourism operators have taken part in the Whitsunday Healthy Heart Project (WHHP) and committed to measuring their operational carbon footprint, gaining an understanding of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions sources, and adopting a plan to reduce emissions where possible.
A major source of emissions from the tourism sector is via the consumption of electrical power, and as of May 2024, almost 50% of all emissions measured in the tourism sector are from electricity.
Tourism businesses have been investigating practical ways to reduce their electricity consumption or offset their emissions and one of the simplest ways is via the purchase of clean renewable energy certificates.
While many tourism businesses would like to use an onsite clean energy solution, such as solar to reduce their emissions, the capital upfront cost, limited capacity to satisfy required power needs and the difficulty of installing solar systems on leased properties make the potential of purchasing clean renewable energy an attractive proposition.
Climate Change Resilience Officer Lee Hawkins, “Choosing to invest in renewable energy provides several benefits to tourism businesses including supporting Australian renewables, reducing operational emissions, and increasing their green ratings.”
In the Whitsundays, clean and renewable energy certificates can be purchased from Ergon Energy. The purchase of the certificates enables funds to be directed towards renewable energy projects located all over regional Queensland.
Tourism businesses that subscribe to purchase 10% or more of clean energy, may also be entitled to tell their customers that they are doing their bit to reduce GHG emissions by displaying the GreenPower logo on company signage and marketing material.
To purchase clean energy certificates only takes a few minutes and you can cancel at any time without penalty- simply contact the Ergon Clean Energy team on 1300 135 210

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