Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort boosts solar power to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is one of three island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef.The resort owner Peter Gash set new benchmarks for sustainable tourism in the Great Barrier Reef with the installation of almost 100 new solar panels to reduce his resort’s diesel consumption to 100 litres per day by the end of the year.

“We’ve just begun installing another 96 solar panels onto existing buildings at the resort so we can effectively double our renewable power capacity,” Mr. Gash said.

The resort used more than 550 litres of diesel fuel each day when it was only powered by generators, before installing a hybrid solar power system in 2008.

Mr Gash said the eco-friendly power system had made guests at the island resort conscious about energy conservation. He stated that “Apart from the obvious benefits for the reef, this culture shift has been the most positive spin-off of all”.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Tourism and Recreation Director Chris Briggs said Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort was among a number of high standard tourism operators working with marine managers to reduce their impact on the Reef.

“A healthy Great Barrier Reef is vital for a healthy tourism industry and we commend operators who are taking action to minimise their impact on the marine environment,” Mr Briggs said.

“Mr Gash has worked closely with us to establish a Great Barrier Reef Tourism Climate Change Action Strategy, which guides operators on how they can improve health and the viability of their industry,” he said.

Conducting an energy audit and making changes that minimise the operation’s impact on the environment is a key action identified in this strategy.

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is a member of Eco Lodges of Australia and has Advanced Ecotourism certification through Ecotourism Australia.

For more information about Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, please visit their website.

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