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Other activities considered to support the environment were:
vegetation and plants lost due to construction have been replaced and areas re-vegetated
minimising waste by composting food and paper products for use in the garden
educating guests and the public on the importance of protecting wildlife
building low impact walking tracks
recycling all aluminium cans
continuing to plant native trees and vegetation
building with local timber.
Hidden Valley Cabins is now saving 78 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year along with an estimated
$45, 000 per year in diesel fuel. Calculating this over a 20 year period and a minimum 5% increase
per year in the price of diesel, this equates to $1.2 million in sa
vings. The choice to go ‘green’ has
also helped to offset a lot of their other business expenses.
The success with the implementation of solar power has encouraged them to continue making
improvements. After commissioning a formal audit they identified and purchased enough carbon
credits for the property to be recognised as carbon neutral.
They followed this with a comprehensive review by Ecotourism Australia. Hidden Valley Cabins were
awarded Advanced Ecotourism certification.
(Source: Tourism Queensland, September 2009)
Life cycle management
Life cycle management uses a process called life cycle assessment (LCA) to assess the environmental
impacts associated with a product, process or service throughout its life cycle, from the extraction of
raw materials through to processing, transport, use, reuse, recycling or disposal. For each of these
stages, the impact is measured in terms of resources used and environmental impacts caused. Life
cycle assessment is a cradle-to-grave analysis of a product or service. LCA can help a business
identify the most effective improvement than can be made in terms of environmental impacts and
use of resources.