Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Globally Recognised Environmental Award for Edinburgh Zoo

Globally Recognised Environmental Award for Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo, the prominent Scottish visitor attraction owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, has retained the globally recognised environmental standard ISO1401.

First awarded in November 2009, this difficult to achieve standard requires continual improvement to be shown for the award to be retained in subsequent years. The RZSS is one of very few visitor attractions in Scotland to hold the award.

Key to achieving the criterion of standard is the implementation, maintenance and improvement of an environmental management system that conforms with an organisations own stated environmental policy. In order to attain the ISO1401 organisations need to be able to demonstrate fully how they are going about this.

Key in achieving this recognition is the Society’s environmental approach to pest control and a significant reduction in recycled waste going to landfill. All contractors of the Society also comply with the benchmark of the environmental standard.

Some of the enclosures at Edinburgh Zoo also feature sustainable aspects, such as reed beds in the Sea lion enclosure which enables greater natural water filtration and a bore hole that pulls water straight up from base rock in the ground, providing water for washing and cleaning at Edinburgh Zoo. The Society plan to introduce more sustainable features to their animal enclosures over the coming years.

Stuart Jenkinson, RZSS Safety, Health and Environment Manager, comments: “Edinburgh Zoo is delighted to retain this difficult to achieve award. The ISO1401 is something we continually work to maintain and is a standard that both the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and BIAZA hold in great esteem.”


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