Victoria’s iconic zoos are the first in mainland Australia to be powered 100% by renewable energy with funding from the Victorian government.
Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio today announced this important milestone – made possible by government support to reach a power purchase agreement for energies renewable.
Healesville Sanctuary is powered by renewable energy produced by the Crowlands Wind Farm near Ararat and Melbourne Zoo and the Werribee Open Range Zoo uses 100% green energy. This builds on the 675 kilowatts of on-site solar power already installed at the three zoos.
This is not the first milestone in climate change for Zoos Victoria, which was also the world’s first independently certified carbon neutral zoo in 2013.
Zoos Victoria, which has more than 800 employees working with more than 5,000 animals, has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from 14,000 tonnes to just 4,000 tonnes.
Other sustainability initiatives include diverting 89% of waste from landfills in 2020-2021 and recycling 100 megaliters of water per year through an on-site water recycling plant.
Zoos Victoria partners with organizations to protect, revegetate and restore critical habitat in key areas of Victoria. Through the Carbon Neutral Climate Active program, Zoos Victoria invests carbon offsets that protect biodiversity hotspots around the world.
As stated by Minister of Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“This is a fantastic achievement by Zoos Victoria, one that is helping Victoria tackle climate change and cut emissions in half by 2030.”
“We want to see more organizations switch to renewable energy and we are making the necessary investments to support this transition. “
As stated by Dr Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria
“Our goal as a zoo-based conservation organization is to ensure a future rich in wildlife. It is our duty to fight climate change by taking responsibility for our own energy consumption and adopting renewable energies.
“Anyone can take this simple step and join us in reducing carbon in the atmosphere.