Accreditation & Programs . Climate Action Certification

Climate Action Certification

The Climate Action certification program is dedicated to reducing carbon emissions and assuring travelers that certified products are backed by a commitment to sustainable practices that help address climate change.

Climate Action certification is designed for all sectors of the tourism industry including hotels, attractions, tours, transport, restaurants, travel agents, tourism commissions and industry bodies. While the Climate Action Certification program is completely stand alone, recognition and credit is given for criteria that may be addressed in existing environmental certification programs such as ECO Certification, Green Globe and Greenhouse Challenge Plus.

Climate Action Certification will provide businesses with:

  • An understanding of climate change concepts and terminology.
  • Awareness of credible offsetting activities that can be undertaken.
  • Clear and practical ways of reducing their carbon footprint – reducing carbon emissions through design, equipment selection and changes in operational practices.
  • Best practice examples relevant to the business sector and operating environment.
  • Approaches to adaptation that will assist both the individual enterprise and the collective industry and community within its area of operation.

The 3 levels of Climate Action Certification

Climate Action Business LogoClimate Action Business

Businesses have undertaken a set of adaption and emissions reduction actions but are not necessarily measuring their carbon footprint.

 

 

Climate Action Innovator logoClimate Action Innovator

Businesses have undertaken a set of adaption and emissions reduction strategies and are auditing and measuring their carbon footprint.

 

 

Climate Action Leader LogoClimate Action Leader

Businesses have incorporated strategic climate change responses across all relevant levels of business planning and operations. They are measuring and auditing their carbon footprint via a credible system; have undertaken an advanced level of adaptation, emissions reduction and offsetting strategies; and are working towards becoming carbon neutral.

What are the benefits?

  • The application process provides a practical guide to implement sound business principles and ecologically sustainable practices.
  • Receive official recognition of your best practice operations and climate action initiatives, positioning your business as a climate action trailblazer.
  • Cost-saving benefits for businesses through efficiency gains as new initiatives are applied.
  • Environmental benefits that flow from the initiatives you implement.
  • Use of an internationally-recognised logo on your marketing material.
  • The opportunity to nominate for Ecotourism Australia’s Annual Gecko Awards.
  • Easy recognition for guests to identify your business as one that makes a concerted effort to combat climate change.
  • Free linking of your products on Ecotourism Australia’s interactive online map.
  • Free listing on Ecotourism Australia's website and be searchable under the Green Travel Guide.
  • Free opportunities to feature in the monthly EcoBytes newsletter distributed to over 6000 subscribers and EcoBytes blog.
  • Free listings to advertise on Ecojobs and in EcoBytes.
  • Promotion at international trade shows such as the Australian Tourism Exchange.
  • 25% discount for the Annual Global Eco Conference.
  • Representation at the annual Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE).
  • Extended 3 year licencing for Commercial Tour Operators to operate in SA National Parks.
  • Full membership rights of Ecotourism Australia, including voting rights and the right to nominate and stand for the Board of Directors.
  • Membership with the South Australian Tourism Industry Council.
  • Commitment to the certification programs demonstrates a commitment of continuous improvement through certification upgrades, external audits and an opportunity to use developed templates for improving business performance.

Find out more about the benefits of Climate Action Certification

Interested in becoming certified? Check out the Essentials Guide

For more information contact SATIC or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

4 Easy Steps to becoming Climate Action Certified

Step 1 - Register

Register online

Step 2 - Log-in to Climate Action Certification Online

Log-in to the online program and complete the self assessment criteria.

Step 3 - Complete & Submit

Submit your application for independent assessment.

On successful completion of assessment you will be notified of the level of certification achieved.

Step 4 - Onsite audit

An onsite audit will be conducted with the first 2 years of applying to ensure the standards are being maintained.

Contents of the Climate Action Certification Program:

  • Business Details: Outline business details, ethics and insurance policies to cover extreme natural events.
  • Business Relationships and Communications: Includes details for staff, volunteers, customers and business partners, including ways to adapt new attitudes and behaviours via changes in products, services and marketing.
  • Business Operations: Considers all areas of business operation including building design and redevelopment activities, energy sources, water use, waste, transport and risk management.
  • Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation: Considers business vulnerability to extreme natural events caused by climate change and how you adapt to minimise the impact of climate change on your business.
  • Reducing Greenhouse Emissions: Considers overall emissions assessment of your business, ways to reduce emissions (without any formal assessment) and looks at emissions offsetting activities.
  • Innovative Best Practice: Additional points towards the advanced levels of certification can be gained via a demonstration of innovative best practices above and beyond the criteria used in this program.
     

For more information contact SATIC or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

Climate Action Fees

 

 Climate Action Certification fees are based on your business' gross annual turn over. 

 

Your turnover

Once-only application fee

Ongoing annual fee

Discounted annual fee

For ECO/ROC certified operators only

less than $250,000

$395

$525

$130

$250,001 - $1,000,000

$455

$750

$194

$1,000,001 - $5,000,000

$575

$1,055

$264

$5,000,001 - $10,000,000

$695

$1,250

$320

more than $10,000,000

$925

$1,395

$374

 

Fees remain the same regardless of the level of certification you achieve.  Prices are current as at August 2016

For more information contact SATIC  or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

Climate Action Certified Operators

 

Climate Action Leader Logo

Climate Action Leaders

Businesses have incorporated strategic climate change responses across all relevant levels of business planning and operations. They are measuring and auditing their carbon footprint via a creditable system and have undertaken an advanced level of adaptation, emissions reduction and offsetting and are working towards becoming carbon neutral.  

Bellevue Bed and Breakfast

Birds Australia, Gluepot Reserve

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

Tri State Safaris

 

Climate Action Innovator logo

Climate Action Innovators

Businesses have undertaken a set of adaption and emissions reduction and are auditing and measuring their carbon footprint. 

Coodile Park

Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre

 

Climate Action Business Logo

Climate Action Businesses

Businesses have undertaken a set of adaption and emissions reduction actions but are not necessarily measuring their carbon footprint.

Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Getaways SA

Kangaroo Island Odysseys

Narnu Farm

Pindan Tours & 4WD Training

Rawnsley Park Station

 

For more information contact SATIC  or visit the Ecotourism Australia website

Climate Change Information

 

 


 

  • Carbon Footprint  – a FREE online emissions calculator suitable for small organisations.

 


 

 

 


 


 

 


 

  • The Impacts of Climate Change on Australian Tourism Destinations: Developing adaptation and response strategies (August 2009) - This report provides a complete summary of the report, which has been undertaken by Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC). The goal of the project was to build a framework to inform and prioritise adaptation strategies which can be undertaken by destinations and tourism businesses. To do this, the climate change vulnerability of each destination was assessed, with a focus on the potential impacts on tourism infrastructure, activities and operational costs. Summary chapters highlighting key research, findings and recommendations for each of the case study regions.

 


 

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