Thredbo, one of Australia’s most prominent ski resorts, has recently announced that all its major resort operations will now be powered by renewable energy, having signed a three-year deal with Red Energy, which is 100% owned by Snowy Hydro.
“Becoming powered by renewable energy has been our goal for some time now and by achieving this we’ve set the environmental benchmark for Australian resorts. We are extremely proud to be at the forefront of reducing our carbon footprint into the future,” said Stuart Diver, General Manager of Thredbo.
This joins a growing list of initiatives by Thredbo to increase its sustainability efforts. The Snowy Mountains-based resort has partnered with Greenfleet for ten years to offset the operation emissions of its snow groomers fleet and company vehicles. Plus, there is also a program in place where guests can purchase a tree for $4 when they buy their lift product. The tree is planted regionally and offsets the emissions of their travel to the resort. Over the course of 15 years, guests have offset nearly 8,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by planting over 30,000 trees.
As well as removing all single-use plastic bags from its outlets, the resort has also moved to use biodegradable and commercially compostable packaging, cutlery and paper straws.
Thredbo runs an Environment Week every winter, with a range of events and initiatives designed to raise awareness about the environment surrounding the resort. This year, Environment Week runs from 22-28 July, and will include a special hike to Mt Kosciuszko with ambassador Torah Bright, plus an educational environmental talk and a special National Tree Day donation drive.
Find out more: thredbo.com.au