In 2015, the Table Mountain Cableway added to its responsible tourism initiatives by being upgraded to Diamond Heritage Status on the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme, being awarded the silver runners-up award at the 2015 African Responsible Tourism Awards in the Best for Resource Management category, and increasing the amount of goods sourced from local suppliers at its retail outlets. This year, the Cableway is eclipsing those achievements by announcing its carbon-neutral status!
This exciting announcement comes hot on the heels of the Cableway experiencing its busiest December yet, which saw us welcome 149 000 visitors.
We've neatly packaged all of our environmental statistics in an easy-to-read infographic. Let’s break it down:
Being carbon neutral refers to a business or person “having achieved a state in which the net amount of carbon dioxide or other carbon compounds emitted into the atmosphere is reduced to zero because it is balanced by actions to reduce or offset these emissions.”
We are conscious of the carbon footprint we have due to our extensive resources and we are offsetting this by investing in the Kuyasa Housing Project, a low-carbon initiative in Khayelitsha.
Kuyasa is a remarkable project, not least because solar water heaters (110 litres), ceilings and compact fluorescent energy efficient lightbulbs (CFLs) have been installed in 2 100 houses from inception in 2014, to date.
Its community outreach is astounding too. To date the project has created 85 full-time jobs, of which 50 were for youth, 28 for women and three for the disabled. Collectively, a total of 65 425 job days has been paid.
The installed technologies for which these community members are employed, save the beneficiary households an estimated R1 000 per annum in energy costs, while delivering a more liveable, safer and healthier dwelling.
Through purchasing units, we are ensuring that the housing project is provided with proper sealing and solar-heating systems.
Our total carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 produced were 1564.5 tonnes – 1.66kg per visitor!
This number is made up of the following:
In addition to these reductions in our carbon dioxide emissions, all Cableway staff continue to work hard at our responsible tourism initiatives in the following ways:
“As custodians of Table Mountain, a New 7 Wonder of Nature, the Cableway has always prided itself on its responsible tourism initiatives. Committing ourselves to being carbon neutral was the logical next step in this journey. Seeing that commitment pay off in such a visual format and the positive outcome it has had for the Kuyasa Project makes us extremely proud,” says Sabine Lehmann, MD of the Cableway.
Keen to be a part of our green journey? Buy your tickets online or at our Ticket Office and join us!