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RP3010: Building Low Carbon Communities (Blue Mountains)

Project leader name: 
Associate Professor John Merson
Project status: 
Project period: 
09/2013 to 09/2015

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.  

Publications related to this project

Fact sheet

We have developed a community-based program that enables tourism businesses to lower their carbon emissions and enhance sustainability

Participating businesses are audited and rated on energy, water and waste; are provided with resources and other support to improve efficiency; become part...

CRCLCL Project Posters

Research Snapshot A3 size poster from Participants Annual Forum 2014