RACV Noosa - ecoBiz case study
Find out how our ecoBiz Star Partner RACV Noosa (an accommodation provider in Noosa) reduced their waste, water and energy 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.
RACV Noosa Resort boasts 170 beds of 5-star luxury accommodation and is the perfect place to bask in the golden sands of the Sunshine State.
Noosa as a community has a strong focus on sustainability and preserving the local area. The RACV Noosa Resort has adopted these principles by establishing a green team and implementing a number of initiatives to reduce its resource consumption and environmental impact.RACV Noosa Resort's commitment to sustainability and reducing its resource consumption has earned it a 3-Star Partnership with ecoBiz.
"The ecoBiz program has helped us record baseline data to help gain management support for capital projects, achieve significant electricity savings and gain visibility of where we are in the tourism/accommodation sector." Steven Cooksey, Operations Manager
Key initiatives to reduce energy use
- They replaced all lights in the resort with LEDs.
- They installed a Building Management System to monitor and control air-conditioning usage.
- They repaired and activated sensors for the automated car park lighting.
- They purchased two electric vehicles to eliminate fuel emissions.
- They purchased spa covers to retain heat while not in use overnight.
- They installed 33 energy-efficient pool pumps with variable speed controls
Key initiatives to reduce waste
As a participant of Plastic Free Noosa, RACV Resort eliminated plastic straws, non-recyclable coffee cups, water bottles and replaced them with fully compostable products or other suitable alternatives. The resort is also actively separating cardboard, glass, plastics and e-waste for more efficient and effective recycling. As a result of these initiatives, the resort has managed to significantly reduce the amount of waste its sends to landfill.
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE water use
To achieve its reduction in water usage, the resort installed low flow showerheads and spa hygiene stickers in guest rooms. Other initiatives included installing timers on the irrigation system which is fed from the two rainwater/groundwater tanks and changing the water park mushroom spray device to a waterfall effect to reduce evaporation.
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ecoBiz is a free program funded by the Queensland Government and run by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) that helps Queensland businesses audit their resource use and reduce costs from waste, water, and energy bills. After a free two-hour coaching session with a sustainability expert, businesses receive a written report with practical and tangible solutions, which are often no or low cost to implement.