Our Environmental Commitment
As a tourism operator whose primary function is to show visitors to Melbourne the natural assets of our state, we take very seriously our obligation to operate in a sustainable fashion and thus to do what we can to ensure that our natural assets are maintained for future generations – and visitors.
At Go West Tours we take pride in working with accredited organisations, who aim to reduce our carbon footprint and encourage environmentally sound practises. As an organisation, we are committed to being a leader in sustainability, and constantly look to improve all aspects of our environmental footprint.
After all, we want to share the beauty of Australia for future generations.
Since 2005, Go West Tours has been accredited with EcoTourism Australia. We were the first tour operator in our niche to achieve this accreditation, and we remain as committed to the guiding principles of sustainable tourism today as we were back in 2005.
Ecotourism Australia is a non-profit organisation which promotes sustainable travel around Australia. Its primary focus is to work with nature – based tourism products & operators, to promote and encourage environmentally sound practices.
Go West Tours has been a Greenfleet supporter since 2005, and is proud of our association with this leading organisation. By partnering with Greenfleet we are able to offset the emissions from our tour busses by planting native trees and restoring Australian forests. A portion of tour sales, go to planting more trees and continuing our effort to restore and protect our climate.
Greenfleet is a not for profit organisation that protects our climate by restoring forests. They encourage organisations to reduce their carbon footprint, and offset carbon emissions by planting native trees. Since 1997, Greenfleet have planted more than 8.9 million native trees across 475 biodiverse forests in Australia and New Zealand.
These native forests take carbon from the atmosphere to restore and protect our climate, but they also do much more. Greenfleet plants a variety of native trees in permanent forests to help reduce soil erosion, and provide essential habitat for native wildlife.
In our administrative space, we aim to lower our carbon footprint were possible. Our depot & offices are fitted with LED lighting which consumes up to 90% less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs, and have close to no UV emissions. Also, areas of our depot are fitted with push timers to reduce energy waste.
We encourage staff to avoid, reduce, re-use and recycle wherever we can. Our busses are cleaned with biodegradable cleaning products, and we use a water filtration system to separate waste water and soap. Bike parking is available onsite and we encourage staff to ride into work.
We also focus on recycling our waste where possible. Printer cartridges are recycled to avoid adding to landfill, where they have the potential to contaminate groundwater and the environment. Much of our organic waste is recycled, with a number of team members taking coffee grinds and other organic matter home to add to the worm farms.
We have been recognised and awarded by the local Darebin council as a ‘Greening Business’ for 2017. This recognition was awarded for our efforts in reducing waste, recycling water, encouraging energy efficiency, and offsetting fleet carbon emissions. We are proud to be recognised for our work, and will continue to work on reducing our carbon footprint where possible.