Environmental Sustainability

The Rottnest Island Management Plan 2009-2014 includes several initiatives driving improved environmental, social and financial sustainability. These include working towards certification by EarthCheck, an internationally recognised sustainability program for the tourism industry.

Environmental Policy

This policy is applicable to all operations and services undertaken by the RIA, lessees, licensees, volunteer organisations, contractors and other government agencies on Rottnest Island.

View the Environmental Policy

Terrestrial Conservation Action Plan

The Terrestrial Conservation Action Plan (TCAP) is a key initiative under the Rottnest Island Management Plan (2014-2019) and forms one of three management tools used to care for the unique and diverse island Environment.

The RIA adopted the Nature Conservancy’s ‘Conservation Action Planning’ process in 2011 as its platform for biodiversity conservation planning. The approach was chosen because it affords a strategic and adaptive approach to conservation management. The TCAP was developed with input from a variety of stakeholders, researchers and experts. The process was used to identify the natural values of the Rottnest  Island Terrestrial Reserve, determine current and desired health, consider threatening processes, and identify priority conservation actions to enable resources to be directed where most needed.

Rottnest Island Water Energy Nexus Project - Solar Farm

The water energy nexus project continues Rottnest Island’s moves towards a sustainable future by increasing the amount of renewable energy used to create electricity on the Island, and by better integrating the availability of renewable energy with electricity demand. The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) will be working with Hydro Tasmania to deliver the project. For the past 10 years, the Island’s wind turbine has generated around 30% of the Island’s electricity needs, saving around 1100 tonnes of fossil fuels annually. A grant from the Commonwealth Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has made possible the construction of a 600kW solar farm, with associated control systems, energy efficiency improvements, and technologies to better manage demand, including by using excess renewable energy to power the Island’s water desalination plant.

View the Water Energy Nexus Project fact sheet.

Sustainable Accommodation Trial 

From February 2011, visitors staying in Villa 205 at South Thomson Bay are experiencing the sustainable accommodation trial, part of improving sustainability of visitor accommodation on Rottnest Island and seeking EarthCheck sustainability certification.

Energy and water conservation features have been introduced. Metering water, electricity and gas use to measure savings, together with visitor feedback, will help to fine-tune the changes and decide what equipment and design will be adopted for wider use in future refurbishment. The aim is to reduce resource use and improve visitor comfort. Saving energy and water will have environmental benefits for the Island, save money and reduce greenhouse gas production.

Find out more in the Sustainable Trial Unit visitor compendium.

Helpful Resources

Links to useful websites provide inspiration and advice about saving water and energy and improving sustainability in your own home. 

Sustainable Mandurah Home
'Your home' design guide and renovator's guide
Living Smart
Climate change - Australian government website