We are always looking for ways to reduce impact and, as technology changes, we are looking at cost effective ways we can change. We maintain a modern fleet of vehicles designed to minimise emissions and are investigating a gas injection system for our diesel vehicles that uses 25-30% less fuel - this will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
RECYCLING: An onsite worm farm turns the resort's sewerage sludge, waste paper and kitchen preparation scraps into compost for a herb garden, which supplies the resort's kitchen. Waste minimisation programs, green purchasing and green product programs round out our environmental program.
CARBON FOOTPRINT: We have worked closely with researchers from the University of Sunshine Coast (Qld) to assess our ecological footprint and reduce impacts. When the first case study was conducted in 2004 it was believed to be the first ecological footprint calculated for a tourist resort worldwide.
The first phase consisted of an on-site assessment looking at projected greenhouse gas emissions and land cover disturbance. Phase two involved the collation and processing of financial data, and the reclassification of all expenditures into 135 categories, allowing greater transparency with off-site impacts. Phase three involved a calculation of the indirect/off-site land and emission requirements – which complimented the resort's regular (on-site) environmental audits.
The resort has already taken steps to miminise the impacts associated with energy use including energy monitoring and reporting measures. Moreover low energy fluorescent bulbs are used in landscape/street lighting and guest rooms/villa power is operated by a key system.
In terms of on-site fuel combustion, we're currently exploring options for its vehicle and marine fleet and will continue to review this as technology improves. We have added low emissions meat – like kangaroo – to our restaurant menus. KBRV has also developed accommodation packages with suppliers who offset carbon emissions including air and rail.
WATER: Despite the abundance of freshwater in the dunes of Fraser Island, water conservation remains essential. The water supply for KBRV is sourced from two groundwater bores, treated and stored for reticulation throughout the site. This system supplies all water requirements for the resort including fire-fighting.
- All internal taps are fitted with flow control disc/washers and cistern floats deliver the minimum amount of water for an effective flush;
- Water efficient showerheads are fitted at the resort;
- Landscaped areas and natural vegetation are watered only to assist recent planting and where rain has not fallen for 30 consecutive days;
- Gutters collect storm water from the central facility, feed drainage channels and discharge into freshwater lakes;
- Sewerage is treated to a level that is as environmentally benign as possible. Treated effluent is recycled as grey water;
- All pollutant sources are isolated to minimise contamination; and
- Guests' towels are laundered on request.