The Zoos & Aquariums for 350 carbon offset initiative, coordinated by WAZA, is in place to help zoos and aquariums that have already reduced their carbon footprint as much as possible to compensate for their institutions' unavoidable carbon emissions through the purchase of credible, additional and sustainable carbon offsets.
Many zoos and aquariums have taken important steps to evaluate their carbon footprint and minimise it, including innovative waste management systems, energy conservation measures and updated buildings. Guides like BIAZA's Sustainability Guide and AZA's Green Guide can be helpful for zoos and aquariums looking to begin and continue these changes.
To aid zoos and aquariums worldwide in compensating for their institutions' unavoidable carbon emissions, Zoos & Aquariums for 350 will partner with a carbon offset provider that supports projects that are credible, that would not have taken place without the investment in offsets and that are economically viable, socially equitable and environmentally friendly. In all cases, the investments made will be for projects that are validated under an internationally accepted performance standard. The projects selected will be compatible with WAZA's mission and focus on threatened species and related habitats, with preference given to tropical rainforest projects.
Participating institutions will report back to WAZA on their commitment to reduce and offset their carbon emissions. The statement that one zoo or aquarium makes by becoming carbon neutral is powerful – the statement that a group of zoos and aquariums makes is even more so. The strength of this initiative is in the collective effort of, and the example set by, the international zoo and aquarium community. Those institutions working with the Zoos & Aquariums for 350 identified offset provider will automatically have their achievements recorded. Those offsetting independently are encouraged to report their progress to WAZA as well. This way the true impact of this ambitious commitment by our community will be fully recognised.
Please click on the following link to learn more: Zoos & Aquariums for 350 carbon offset initiative.