Climate Change Initiatives
Consumers are increasingly concerned about the environment and climate change and the impact of their daily activities on this growing problem. In particular, concern has been raised over the emissions produced by air travel and what travellers can do to reduce the negative impact this has on climate change. Some tips on "travelling green" are as follows:
- Fly less – take fewer and longer holidays
- Take direct flights (due to the volume of fuel used on take off and landing)
- Take public transport wherever possible
- Offset emissions from travel
- Choose tour products and stay in accommodation that demonstrates a commitment to looking after the environment
The Northern Territory's tourism appeal depends heavily on nature-based, outdoor attractions and activities.
Tailormade Tours is acutely aware of the damaging effects of climate change on the environment and has responded to the increasing awareness and demands of the consumer for environmentally positive travel options and are repositioning ourselves as “green” to capture a growing share of the market that is seeking travel options that are in harmony with their environment.
Tailormade Tours uses its own modern transport fleet to minimise emissions in the most practical way. Its office and infrastructure adopt a range of practices to minimise emissions, including the use of solar power, reduction of energy usage, conversion to more efficient fleet of vehicles, recycling and other initiatives. We have committed staff to assist in determining environmental impacts and devise strategies to minimise emissions. The ultimate aim is to become carbon neutral and in order to reach this objective, there is regular monitoring of energy and emissions usage and periodic review by Management.
By becoming a more sustainable business, we:
- Attract a greater share of the growing number of visitors seeking green travel options
- Broaden our distribution channels by working with responsible travel partners
- Ensure we remain competitive as more companies are placing emphasis on the environmental credentials of their supply chain
- Reduce our operating costs and in doing so, be prepared for changes being introduced by the Australian Government in response to climate change which will have a flow on effect for our business
- Enhance the appeal of the NT as a green destination
- Contribute to the safe guarding of tourism in the NT through improved environmental protection
How we can all Make a Difference?
Some other tips on how we can all make a difference both at work and at home, to join the fight against Climate Change include:
- Walk to Walk – It sounds so obvious but few of us do it. The thought of leaving our beloved car at home and setting out independently can be daunting initially. But once you've felt the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin (or at least part of the way – catching public transport is a good option too), you'll soon discover you'll be saving money, reducing your carbon footprint, we well as improving your own fitness.
- Inflate Your Tyres – When you do drive your car, it will get better fuel efficiency when the tyres are fully inflated, so you'll in turn use less petrol and emit less carbon. Check your car monthly to ensure that the tyres are correctly inflated. This is another win for both the environment and your hip pocket!
- Recycle and Reuse – Products made from recycled paper, glass, metal and plastic reduce carbon emissions because they use less energy to manufacture than products made from completely new materials. Recycling paper also saves trees and lets them continue to reduce climate change naturally as they remain in the forest, where they remove carbon from the atmosphere.
- Switch to Renewable Energy – Both at work and at home! Electricity generation products 40 percent of carbon emissions from the United States alone. A growing number of suppliers generate electricity from renewable energy sources with solar panels, windmills and other techniques. If your utility offers renewable energy, buy it, but if not, send them a message asking for clean energy.
- Conserve Water – There are a variety of means to help conserve water around the home such as purchasing the most water and energy efficient dishwashers and front.loading washing machines, as well as dual flush toilets and installation of low flow shower heads. Avoid leaving taps running and any leaking taps, pipes or fixtures should be repaired as a matter of urgency to reduce water wastage. Where available, rainwater tanks and reticulated water systems should be considered to further reduce water usage.
- Act Globally, Eat Globally – If you shop at a supermarket, chances are, the food you buy may have travelled in a plane from the other side of the world, burning fossil fuels the entire trip. Why not shop at a local farmers' market and you will find fresh and healthy food, and help save our climate. Or better still – from your own!
- For more information, refer www.climatechange.gov.au / www.climatechange.com.au