Winner: The Biggest Carbon Loser Challenge
Mark Olsen from EC3 Global was the judge. Sixty businesses registered for the challenge with 13 meeting the eligibility criteria to become finalists. According to Mark " Making measurable change to a small to medium tourism enterprise is challenging at the best of times, working to a strict time limit even more so.
The program has inspired some outstanding innovations and actions by operators in the Scenic Rim, with a net result of almost 100k tonnes of carbon reduced (that is the equivalent of 22 less cars on the road) and will have a lasting impact if the operators submissions are anything to go by."
Mark outlined some of the outstanding progress made by the finalists and then went on to announce "The winner of the 2010 Low Carbon Diet – Biggest Carbon Loser Challenge is Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages for their holistic approach to carbon management, commitment to local and low impact consumables, and investing in their staff, their business and their future with new technologies and more sustainable practices.
An outstanding example of their commitment is their new bottle steriliser and local collection program which will see 1,000 bottles per annum reused and the inspiration that comes from knowing that the bottle you are consuming will be reused by the great people you bought it from … and the only energy used will be good old fashioned manual labour."