Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort and Greenfleet have recently announced a partnership, aimed at offsetting the carbon emissions from flights to and from the island.
With the commitment of being a self-sustainable eco-resort, managing the carbon footprint is a key focus for the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort team. Every guest to the island is briefed on how to enjoy the fragile ecosystem with minimal impact and the team are happy to share their knowledge about renewable energy technologies and the continual expansion of sustainable eco initiatives. The island is currently operating on 80% renewable energy and the goal is to be 100% renewable by 2020. The island has implemented a ban on plastic water bottles and plastic straws and have planted over 4,000 trees as part of a ‘re-greening’ Revegetation/Eradication program, to restore the Island back to its original state before it was a Guano mine in the 1800's.
Due to the island's remote proximity, the only mode of transport possible is light aircraft. The carbon offset initiative is an immediate and cost-effective way for the team to take responsibility for the environmental impact of flights and to be part of the solution to mitigate climate change and to take action to help the Great Barrier Reef.
Greenfleet is an Australian not-for-profit organisation and working on numerous projects around Australia, with their mission 'to plant ecosystems on degraded land – not just planting monoculture species to sequester carbon'. Currently they are focussing efforts on regenerating the Barolin Nature Reserve (part of the Great Barrier Reef coastal ecosystem), a key element for protection for the Mon Repos turtle rookery.
The resort is asking guests to take part by donating $2 to help reduce the environmental impact of their holiday. Please visit here for more information on Greenfleet.