Australia Zoo - ecobiz case study
Find out how ecoBiz Star Patner Australia Zoo, home to over 1200 animals reduced their energy and water use.
The free ecoBiz program has assessed the waste, water and energy practices in hundreds of businesses in Queensland and developed case studies to help businesses improve their operations and save money through sustainability.
Australia Zoo is a major tourist attraction on the Sunshine Coast, only one hour of Brisbane with over 1200 animals and 400 staff. The team of passionate conservationists work around the clock to deliver animal experiences like no other.
Australia Zoo joined the ecoBiz program in 2018. They became an ecoBiz 3-Star Partner in recognition of the zoo’s sustainable water, waste and energy practices.
"ECOBIZ HAS PROVIDED LOTS OF GREAT ADVICE ON HOW TO MEASURE AND REDUCE OUR ENERGY, WATER AND WASTE COSTS AND HELPS KEEP AUSTRALIA ZOO'S FOCUS ON REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT." BILL FERGUSON, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS MANAGER
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE energy use
Electricity is the largest utility cost for Australia Zoo. In the past three years, they have halved their electricity costs thanks to measures in place to increase efficiency:
They source renewable energy from two solar systems (648kW and 99kW) and have systematically replaced lights with energy-efficient LED lighting.
They upgraded some of their heat pumps to new efficient models.
They purchased a couple of electric vehicles for the zoo and provide electric vehicle charging stations in the guest car park.
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE ENERGY USE
Water is the second-largest utility cost for Australia Zoo. They have significantly reduced their water bills by:
Monitoring water use to identify and repair water leaks and installing five rainwater tanks (52,000L in total) to collect water used for irrigation, landscaping, animal drinking water, toilets and laundry.
Using bore water and water from seven dams for general irrigation and enclosure and equipment maintenance.
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE waste
The Zoo has made efforts to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill:
They encourage visitors to use reusable water bottles and coffee cups by providing water refill stations and a coffee discount.
They reduced plastic packaging by using airtight food containers rather than plastic wrap and introduced compostable packaging.
They recycle glass (onsite), batteries (via Battery World), scrap metal, paper, cardboard, soft plastics (via RedCycle), cans and bottles (via Containers for Change) and staff uniforms.
They compost food waste and some green waste and animal waste.
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