Singapore’s island resort Sentosa and Australian island state Tasmania look set to become carbon-neutral destinations by 2030 and 2025, respectively. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.
Singapore’s well-loved Sentosa island has been a respite for locals seeking a fuss-free vacation in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, whether it’s a relaxing staycation or a thrilling water sports session. Home to attractions like Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios Singapore, the island resort will be transformed into a carbon-neutral destination by 2030. Happening as part of the city-state’s long-term sustainability plan, the project hopes to encourage the island’s various businesses to engage in green initiatives.
If you’re wondering what being carbon-neutral really means, it’s defined as a product or company that removes the same amount of carbon dioxide it’s emitting into the atmosphere to attain net-zero carbon emissions. This is commonly done by purchasing carbon offsets or credits to make up for the difference.
As for Sentosa, key priorities include decarbonising energy systems, reducing food waste at the hotels and dining establishments, as well as offering green travel options. By working with technology partners, The Sentosa Development Corporation hopes to test-bed sustainable technologies and concepts, in hopes of working towards carbon neutrality.
Other initiatives include enhancing the island resort’s digital architecture to optimise resources, as well as educate visitors on sustainable practices by raising awareness about sustainability.
Meanwhile, popular travel destination Tasmania—known for its scenery and wildlife, hopes to become carbon-neutral by 2025. As one of the few island states in the world to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency in clean, reliable, and affordable renewable energy, it hopes to double renewable energy generation to 200 percent of current needs by 2040.
With travellers becoming more eco-conscious, Tasmania’s tourism operators are also making the efforts to ensure a greener experience for all. Leading the way are the likes of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, which lists tours that are 100 percent carbon offset and that operate in harmony with the environment; as well as Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, which uses 100 percent organic cleaning products and replaces plastic bottles with glass alternatives, providing a safer environment for wildlife within their premises.
The Great Walks of Tasmania offers walking experiences across Tasmania’s beautiful environments dedicated to preserving and caring for the untouched wilderness, while the Roaring 40s Kayaking reduces its tours’ carbon emissions, while encouraging guests to tackle climate change.