Cutting Your Carbon
The zoo cuts carbon with 'SALOME'
The cutting edge project, named after one of Bristol Zoo’s female gorillas, is an environmental accounting system which enables the zoo to calculate its carbon footprint.
Salome with youngster Komale
Developed on behalf of Bristol Zoo by London-based environmental consultancy, CarbonPlan, the system was designed for the zoo to measure and report its environmental impact.
The zoo has now been short listed for an environmental excellence award by Europe's biggest environmental website, Edie - Environmental Data Interactive Exchange - for developing this project.
SALOME is one of the first environmental accounting strategy tools specifically designed for business.
Since it started using the sysytem, Bristol Zoo says it has reduced its carbon footprint by 39.6 per cent since 2006, a reduction of 370 tonnes of carbon per year.
The Director of Bristol Zoo Gardens, Dr Jo Gipps, said: "This nomination is fantastic news for Bristol Zoo and for CarbonPlan, and demonstrates the Zoo’s commitment to environmental sustainability."
SALOME has now been taken up by other businesses throughout the South West.
CarbonPlan has also worked with Bristol Zoo Gardens to develop a set of Sustainable Development Guidelines for its National Wildlife Conservation Park at Cribbs Causeway.
last updated: 12/09/2008 at 09:55