|The Territory’s tourism operators are being encouraged to make the switch to renewable energy under a new grants program designed to reduce carbon emissions.
Minister for Tourism, Kon Vatskalis, said the Northern Territory Government will invest $500,000 over the next 15 months, to enable remote tourism operators to replace or offset their existing fossil fuel generation systems.
“Tourism depends on the Territory’s beautiful and ancient natural attractions, so protecting the environment is crucial for the sustainability of the industry,” said Mr Vatskalis.
“Our visitors are becoming increasingly interested in the environmental impact of their travel, participating in carbon offset schemes and inquiring into the eco-friendly practices of tourism businesses.“
The remote location of many of the Territory’s tourism operators has meant that businesses have relied on fossil fuels to generate their power.“This program is designed to support remote tourism infrastructure to minimise environmental impact through the adoption and promotion of sustainable energy initiatives.”
The initiative leverages off the national Renewable Remote Power Generation Program that provides rebates of up to 50% of the cost of renewable energy infrastructure.
NT tourism operations must meet the requirements of the national program, and then complete a simple two page application form that will provide addition rebates under the Northern Territory’s Make the Switch Program.