Victoria’s iconic zoos are the first in mainland Australia to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy thanks to funding from the Victorian Government.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the milestone today – made possible thanks to support from the Government to secure a power purchasing agreement for renewable energy.
Healesville Sanctuary is powered by renewable energy produced by the Crowlands Wind Farm, near Ararat and Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo use 100 per cent GreenPower. This builds on the 675 kilowatts of on-site solar already installed at the three zoos.
It’s not the first climate change milestone for Zoos Victoria, which was also the first independently certified carbon neutral zoo in the world in 2013.
Zoos Victoria, which has more than 800 employees working with over 5000 animals, has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from 14,000 tonnes to just 4,000 tonnes.
Other sustainability initiatives include the diversion of 89 per cent waste from landfill in 2020-21 and recycling 100 Mega-litres of water annually through an on-site water recycling plant.
Zoos Victoria partners with organisations to protect, revegetate and restore critical habitats in key locations across Victoria. Through the Climate Active carbon neutral program, Zoos Victoria invests carbon offsets that protect biodiversity hotspots across the world.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“This is a fantastic achievement by Zoos Victoria − an achievement that is helping Victoria tackle climate change and halve its emissions by 2030.”
“We want to see more organisations transition to renewables and we’re delivering the investment needed to support that transition.”
Quotes attributable to Dr Jenny Gray CEO Zoos Victoria
“Our purpose as a zoo-based conservation organisation is to ensure a future rich in wildlife. It is our duty to combat climate change by taking accountability for our own energy consumption and embracing renewable energy.”
“Everyone can take this simple step and join us in reducing carbon in the atmosphere.”
Reviewed 28 August 2021