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Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
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Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
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PERISHER BLUE, NSW, MAY 21, 2008 -  In order to minimize the resort's environmental footprint and in keeping with the Keep Winter Cool charter

In order to minimize the resort's environmental footprint and in keeping with the Keep Winter Cool charter, Perisher Blue has recently embarked on a variety of environmental initiatives and is looking to expand upon these in the near future.

The most important development in recent years has been the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS), which provides the framework for assessing the impact on the environment as a result of resort activities. The EMS meets the requirements of the ISO14001 framework and involves setting goals and targets for improving environment management performance while monitoring and communicating the outcomes.

The goals of Perisher Blue's EMS are to:

1. Minimise any harmful effects on the environment caused by the resort's activities; and

2. Achieve continual improvement in the resort's environment management performance.

Over the last couple of years the EMS has driven a number of key environmental initiatives. Some of the newest initiatives include:

    * For 2008, Perisher Blue will be increasing its renewable energy power source to 5%. On top of this, the resort will be offsetting 100% of the carbon generated by diesel consumed by it's grooming fleet.
    * In 2007, Perisher Blue developed an Energy Policy to underpin its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and more efficiently use energy resources. The policy refers to four primary principles of responsible energy use, namely: 1 - measure; 2 - minimize; 3 - transfer to renewables or lower carbon energy sources where sustainable; and 4 - offset carbon emissions where sustainable.
    * Other energy reduction initiatives include:
    * Two comprehensive energy audits conducted to identify energy reduction opportunities;
    * Replacing incandescent lighting with low wattage fluorescent lighting;
    * Rolling out more efficient and automated snowmaking systems;
    * Installing phase balance harmonic filters on chairlifts. In 2007, harmonic filters were fitted to the Ridge Quad Chair;
    * Installing thermostats/timers on space heaters and removing inefficient fan/radiant heaters from workplaces;
    * Installing fuel use monitoring equipment; and
    * Encouraging guests and employees to use the Skitube Alpine Railway to reduce energy used on transport.

These initiatives have resulted in a 12% decrease in the resort's energy usage over the last year.

Other initiatives include:

    * A natural regeneration study, which is currently being finalised. The study examines all previously disturbed areas in the resort and aims to identify which areas would benefit most from rehabilitation. The report will be used to devise a native planting strategy.
    * The creation of the new role of Environmental Coordinator to oversee implementation of the EMS and promote environmental awareness.
    * EMS awareness training for full time staff and winter seasonal staff.
    * The implementation of a native seed collection program to be used in rehabilitation projects and the establishment of a native grass seed plot (a Poa paddock) to ensure the availability of native grass seed. This year's seed collection yielded 9.3kg of native grass seed.
    * The construction of an animal crossing underneath the Blue Cow road to facilitate the movement of the endangered Mountain Pygmy Possum between two areas of secondary habitat.

 
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