Environment & Social Sustainability Policy
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique ecotourism attraction which seeks to provide its guests with the best rainforest experience available anywhere in the world. Skyrail is based in the heart of Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests, in Cairns, Australia.
Skyrail is committed to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and management and embraces an ongoing review and improve philosophy in its business and operational practices. In addition, Skyrail is committed to:
- Meeting our obligations to protect the natural and cultural heritage values of the area in which we operate by complying with all legislation, licences, permits and agreements, and maintaining an Environmental Management System in accordance with company standards and ISO 14001:2004.
- Supporting the local community by employing locally-based personnel, purchasing locally-produced products wherever possible and providing employment and opportunities for local indigenous people.
- Providing education and communication to improve understanding and appreciation of tropical rainforest environments in such a way as to contribute and improve their management and protection.
- Actively monitoring and implementing practices to prevent pollution and to reduce the potential of any unauthorised release of any chemical, mineral, toxin or hazardous substance.
- Meeting annual measures of Skyrail’s sustainability performance indicators endorsed by Skyrail’s senior management to maintain EarthCheck Industry Benchmarking and Certification.
- Ensuring that this policy is available to all employees, guests and suppliers to make them aware of their contribution toward Skyrail’s environmental responsibilities.
- Training staff and contractors to have the appropriate skills and knowledge to ensure that operations are completed with the utmost respect for the environmental values and cultural heritage of the area.
- Striving for continuous, year-on-year improvement in environmental, social, quality and business performance.
- Annually reviewing the Environmental Management System (EMS) and Skyrail’s Environment and Social Sustainability Policy.
- The ongoing contribution towards state-of-the-art tropical rainforest research and education projects, through the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation.
What is climate change?
There is much research and discussion regarding climate change and its impacts. Changes to the atmosphere due to increased amounts of carbon dioxide from energy production, and rapid changes to land mass for human use, has resulted in a changing climate across the planet. There is a strong move by all countries to encourage their population to change their practices, reduce impacts, and take positive action to reverse the present climate change trend.
What is Skyrail doing to reduce our impact?
Below are ways we can make a difference by reducing the impacts that Skyrail and visitors bring to the environment.
- Skyrail saves energy through the open design of areas of its buildings, operates an energy management system controlling use of lighting and air conditioning, using low energy lighting, using solar power to charge batteries on its gondolas, and kinetic energy to operate Red Peak station.
- Skyrail saves water by collecting rainwater for use in toilet cisterns, using water efficient cisterns and low flow tap fittings, minimising landscaping requiring irrigation, and controlling irrigation for optimum benefit.
- Skyrail reduces waste by using biodegradable cleaning products, recycled paper products, recycling paper, cardboard, rubber, glass, plastics, aluminium, and other metals.
- Skyrail provides smarter travel through the energy efficiency of the cableway and by introducing and educating visitors about the environment and sustainability.
What is the carbon footprint of Skyrail?
Skyrail strives to continually improve current practices in order to minimise the impact of Skyrail and our visitors. Through Earth Check certification and Green Globe benchmarking, Skyrail annually measures its carbon footprint and understands its performance on an industry basis. Skyrail’s output of energy generated carbon dioxide is 17% better than recognised industry best practice.
Our forests absorb and store carbon. Skyrail funds the management of 1400 hectares of protected forests to ensure its carbon uptake is retained, contributing to the offset of energy carbon produced.
How can you make a difference?
There are many simple actions you can take in order to live in a more sustainable way. Explore www.yourenergysavings.gov.au for advice on sustainable living.