Commitment to Sustainable Practices

Climate Change poses one of the greatest threats to the Great Barrier Reef and coral reef environments worldwide.

Our Action to Reduce Emissions and Promote Sustainable Reef Practices

Tim North Marine has taken steps to tackle climate change by reducing our carbon emissions:

  • We minimise waste, recycle and use recycled products and materials whenever possible,
  • We now measure and track our carbon footprint annually using the GBRMPA emissions calculator,
  • We choose to purchase 10% of our electricity as Green Power. Green Power is drawn from three renewable energy sources – Solar Power, Wind, Hydro and Biomass,
  • We participate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Sightings Network Program,
  • Our vessels are serviced regularly to maintain optimum fuel efficiency,
  • Charter Tour Activities have minimal impact and promote the unique value of the reef environment,
  • We promote and facilitate the expansion of private mooring infrastructure within the Marine Park,
  • We provide assistance to local marine conservation projects via the donation of vessels and crew.
  • We attained Advanced Eco and Climate Action Certified Business Certification in 2014. These nationally recognised certification programs recognise businesses who are taking active steps to reduce their carbon footprint and practice sustainable tourism. For more information on the Climate Action program visit: www.sustainabletourismaustralia.com 

 

Tim North Marine encourages our guests to introduce environmental practices, such as using energy saving appliances, low energy bulbs, reduction of waste and litter and the use of environmentally friendly detergents.

Visitors can choose to measure and offset travel emissions through organisations such as Climate Friendly who provide emissions calculators and contribute to the growth of the renewable energy industry.

We contribute to the Minke Whale Project’s Tagging Research Project and Viking is made available to the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to assist releases of rehabilitated turtles. We encourage guests to become involved in supporting the work of these not for profit organisations.

While travelling we encourage our guests to choose to support tour operators who have achieved the Ecotourism and Climate Action certification logo. Ecotourism Australia Certification allows travellers to Australia to identify and support operators who meet the benchmark and so ensure tourism products have minimal impact to the environment.

 

Want to Know More – visit these sites:

GBRMPA – www.gbrmpa.gov.au/corp-site/key_issues/climate_change

Ecotourism Australia – www.ecotourism.org.au/climate_action.asp

Ergon Energy Green Power- www.ergon.com.au/energy

Climate Action Certification www.sustainabletourismaustralia.com

Carbon offset watch – www.carbonoffsetwatch.org.au

Climate Friendly – www.climatefriendly.com.au

Minke Whale Project –www.minkewhaleproject.org.au  

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre – www.saveourseaturtles.com.au

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