The tourism industry accounts for 5 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. As one of Australia’s top tourism destinations, the Upper Blue Mountains was chosen for a pilot project focussed on helping tourism businesses reduce their carbon footprint - see the website here. Environmental auditors worked with tourism owners to identify opportunities to reduce their emissions from energy, water, waste and purchasing. Education programs are being rolled out at TAFE to upskill tradespeople to implement the review recommendations.
The project has led to a national campaign and website which will be ongoing.