Sustainability Toolkit

Every little thing you do makes a difference, whether it’s purchasing a new photocopier that uses less energy, or just turning your old one off when it’s not needed.

This section is dedicated to providing you with the tools, resources and messages to make sustainability happen.

Key messages and talking points for the tourism industry

1) As a nation we have an obligation to sustainability.
Australia’s recent ratification of the Kyoto Protocol means that we have sustainability obligations that we must meet. As a nation, we have committed to: 

  • Setting a target to reduce emissions by 60 per cent on 2000 levels by 2050.  
  • Establishing a national emissions trading scheme by 2010.  
  • Setting a 20 per cent target for renewable energy by 2020 to dramatically  expand the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

2) As an industry we have an obligation to sustainability
Like anyone who operates a business, tourism operations have an environmental and social impact. As such we have an obligation as an industry to minimise the impact on our product. Everyone in our industry has a responsibility to ensure our industry remains sustainable for future generations.

3) Tourism Australia is committed to sustainability
As an organisation, we are committed to improving our own footprint – but also to helping other organisations in the industry step up.

4) Success requires a collaborative approach
There is a wealth of knowledge on sustainability within the industry and the best outcome will be reached if we work together toward our goals.

5) We must share our learnings
As we as organisations learn what works, it’s important to share knowledge and case studies, so the industry can learn from it.


Fact sheets and Climate Change Guide

The Climate Change Guide was developed by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, supported by Tourism Australia to provide information for tourism operators. 

There are also several fact sheets to help you on your sustainability journey.

  1. Energy Fact sheet  - Tips on how to reduce your energy consumption
  2. Water Fact sheet - Tips on how to reduce your water consumption
  3. Waste Fact sheet - Tips on how to reduce your waste
  4. Green advertising/marketing guidelines Fact sheet  - Tips on how to effectively and responsibly market your green initiatives
  5. Green Events Fact sheet - Tips on how to host a green event
  6. Business Events Fact sheet - Tips on how to host a green business event 

These fact sheets are certainly a starting point and if you have more queries, we encourage you to contact