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01 Feb 2019
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Sustainability at Scenic World

Situated adjacent a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, Scenic World’s location, experiences, and interactions with the environment make us unique. We are a responsible tourism business focused on minimising our carbon footprint and serving as environmental stewards for future generations. As a family business, this obligation to value and protect the natural environment of Scenic World is stipulated in the Hammon Family Constitution.

Scenic World is accredited by Ecotourism Australia as a Green Travel Leader and regularly monitored by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Closer to home, we have achieved a gold rating as a member of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute’s Low Carbon Living Program.

Recent sustainability initiatives on site include:

  • Designing our rides to maximise efficiencies. Electricity generated by the Scenic Railway & Cableway as they descend is fed back into the grid, helping to offset electricity used as they ascend. The 2017 Skyway cabin upgrade was designed to increased capacity without additional energy requirements.
  • Installation of 350 solar panels. This system will offset 120 tonnes of CO2 per annum, equivalent to taking 25 cars off the road.
  • Using Who Gives a Crap product across all staff and public bathrooms. It’s also 100% forest friendly and half of their profit is donated to build toilets in the developing world.
  • Our Pulpmaster sustainably manages organic waste. The natural composting system processes organic waste from food, beverages and packaging which is then redirected to farms to support their business. It’s expected approximately 100 tonnes of organic waste will be diverted from landfill each year and turned into compost.
  • All Scenic World wristbands are biodegradable. This helps to minimise the environmental impact of discarded wristbands.
  • Installing solar-powered waste compactors across site to reduce both rubbish overflow from visitors and collection frequency by up to 80%.
  • Partnering with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute to support the local environment. Through its philanthropic program, Scenic World Shared, we support projects including the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program, an archaeological survey of the Bleichert Ropeway, and an education program for staff and visitors.
  • Installing water efficient fixtures and timers in the bathrooms, and waste water management procedures in our commercial kitchen.
  • Lighting is 80% LED and non-LEDs are phased out upon expiry.
  • Car charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles are located in our public carpark.
  • Using Havencab cleaning services, a family business with a zero waste goal. Havencab uses sustainable practices that reduce energy, water, waste, chemical usage and carbon emissions.
  • All food & beverage packaging, utensils, plates and cups are either biodegradable or compostable (including coffee cups). Since transitioning to Biopack biodegradable products, we have offset a total of 24 tonnes of CO2 emissions. That’s equivalent to 9986 litres of fuel, 95,104 kms in a vehicle, or taking seven cars off the road!
  • Staff implemented ‘no paper plates’ policy for staff lunches, reducing our environmental impact by over 30,000 paper plates annually.
  • The F&B department’s food wastage output is consistently below the industry standard of 5%. Approximately $10 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Australia.
  • Donating weekly to our local food charity Earth Recovery Australia for their Soul Kitchen’s Sunday Lunch. These meals are made from food that would otherwise count in our wastage.
  • Constructing the elevated Scenic Walkway over the Jamison Valley floor, replacing existing walking tracks that caused erosion. No trees were damaged or removed during construction and we continue this minimal intervention approach, only intervening in the natural regeneration of the ecosystem when preventative work is necessary to ensure our visitors safety.