Zoo retains environmental management award for another year
Published: 18th Sep 2012Newquay Zoo are proud to once again have demonstrated their commitment to green issues and retained their ISO14001 accreditation after an on-site inspection. Ruth Grant, Environmental…
Newquay Zoo are proud to once again have demonstrated their commitment to green issues and retained their ISO14001 accreditation after an on-site inspection.
Ruth Grant, Environmental Officer said: ‘‘It is brilliant news that once again we have impressed the ISO14001 auditors. As an environmental and education charity, it is really important to reach the criteria set by ISO14001. It is an international accreditation which sets the benchmark for businesses and organisations to reduce their environmental impact and carbon footprint.’’
The accreditation is given to businesses who employ an environmental management system, reducing their negative impact on the natural world. One of the criteria is that improvements are made year on year, something which is thoroughly championed by the Zoo.
‘‘We are always looking to improve our environmental credentials’’ said Ruth. ‘‘Running any organisation like a Zoo means you are going to effect the environment somehow – as we have high water consumption and high energy usage for our tropical species. From the very start we promised to try to minimise our negative impact, and so by creating our own compost, adding extra insulation and by switching to green tariffs we have been able to fulfil our environmental obligations and be a great example to other tourist attractions in Cornwall.’’
The Zoo has been given targets for next year’s audit, but Ruth is confident that they will be able to reach them in the time allowance set.