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ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

Following consideration of the importance of environmental and social sustainability and a commitment to be a benefit to the Gold Coast community, the JPT Tour Group is committed to strive to achieve environmental and social sustainability and to educate about and monitor climate change in Australia and in particular, Queensland.

We have been awarded the Australian Tourism's TQUAL certification to brand us as a quality operator with the best interests of its guests and staff and the environment at heart.

The JPT Tour Group which includes Australian Day Tours and is the holder of the Gray Line licence for southeast Queensland, is Queensland’s largest day and incentive tour company. We operate from Byron Bay in northern New South Wales to Fraser Island, covering all of Southern Queensland with a diverse range of tour options including golf and island adventures.

The JPT Tour Group is committed to providing the industry and consumers with a range of professional services designed to enhance their relationship with us and we take all complaints seriously and aim to provide guests with a happy and memorable experience.

Our experienced drivers and guides are eco-certified, first aid qualified and experts in all aspects of tour commentary in a number of languages. We offer five advanced eco-certified tours: O'Reilly's and Lamington National Park, Waku Waku Safari Lamington National Park, Glow worm Night Tour, World Heritage Tour and the Mount Warning Eco Tour which highlight our commitment across all our tour offerings to respect our home, reduce waste and recycle and care for the sustainable future of our planet.

For the industry, we provide 24 hour agent access to real time web bookings and costings as well as servicing the usual distribution channels.

Our tours showcase some of the world’s rare and pristine environments such as World Heritage Listed rainforests, the rare sand islands of Fraser and Moreton Islands, the beautiful MacPherson Ranges, Glasshouse Mountains and the Scenic Rim, Tamborine Mountain, Australia Zoo famous for its conservation efforts, glow worms, dolphins, rare butterflies, native flora and fauna and freshly grown local produce. At the other extreme, our tours take in the historic sights of old Brisbane town, theatre restaurants and overnight stays in hotel properties. Southern Queensland is famous for its many attractions and its cultural and historical significance to locals, domestic and international visitors should not be underestimated.

The JPT Tour Group commits to continually improve the environmental and social sustainability performance and annual benchmarking. We have an Environmental Management Plan Information Sheet for staff educational purposes which is distributed to all new and existing staff.

The JPT Tour Group has implemented environmental management commitments in accordance with the Eco-Tourism Australia certification process.

The JPT Tour Group will comply with all relevant legislation and regulations, and strive to achieve international best practice.

We have appointed Allison Forner as the Environmental Coordinator, who has responsibility and skills for ensuring ongoing environmental performance, identification of environmental risks, recording and monitoring of impacts and implementing environmental and social sustainability measures.

Special consideration will be given to employing and empowering local employees, and wherever possible environmentally sustainable, products and services will be sourced locally.

We encourage our staff to present our commitment to environmental and social sustainability and our benchmarked/certified status under Eco-Tourism Australia to our guests, suppliers, contractors, agents and wholesalers.

JPT distributes national parks and wildlife brochures to guests and staff in relation to eco-friendly practices.

We also distribute Gold Coast Tourism's "5 Ways to care for the Gold Coast" leaflets in our tour buses

We were recently recognised by the University of Southern Queensland for participating in the Carbon Offset Survey 2011

SIGNED

Kazu Komemoto - Managing Director                                        Allison Forner - Marketing Communications Manager

Updated 22 May 2012

NOTE:This policy is a public document to be on display, a copy may be given to anyone. The organisation invites staff, landowners, guests and the community to suggest ways to further achieve best practice environmental and social sustainability.  This policy will be reviewed by the end of 2011 and subsequently each year.

 

Facts About Global Warming: Ten of the hottest years ever recorded were in the last 14 years.The hottest was 2005.

•The global average surface air temperature increased by 0.74 ± 0.18 °C (1.33 ± 0.32 °F) during the past hundred years.
Source: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007-02-05).

•Most of the increase in global average temperatures since the mid-twentieth century is likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic (human caused) greenhouse gas concentrations.
Source: same as #1

•Naturally occuring phenomena such as solar variation combined with volcanoes probably had a small warming effect from pre-industrial times to 1950 and a small cooling effect from 1950 onward.
Source: Ammann, Caspar; et al. (2007-04-06). “Solar influence on climate during the past millennium: Results from ransient simulations with the NCAR Climate Simulation Model”.

•IPCC climate model projections indicate that average global surface temperature will likely rise a further 1.1 to 6.4 °C (2.0 to 11.5 °F) during the twenty-first century.
Source: same as #1

•Increasing global temperature is expected to cause the sea level to rise, increase the intensity of extreme weather events and change the amount and pattern of precipitation. Other effects of global warming include changes in agricultural yields, trade routes, glacier retreat, species extinctions and increased prevalence of diseases.
Source: Wikipedia page on global warming

•The greenhouse effect is the process by which absorption and emission of infrared radiation by atmospheric gases warm a planet’s lower atmosphere and surface. Existence of the greenhouse effect as such is not disputed. Naturally occurring greenhouse gases have a mean warming effect of about 33 °C (59 °F), without which Earth would be uninhabitable.
Source: IPCC WG1 AR4 Report — Chapter 1: Historical Overview of Climate Change Science p97. IPCC (2007).

•The atmospheric concentrations of CO2 and CH4 have increased by 31% and 149% respectively since the beginning of the industrial revolution in the mid 1700s. These levels are considerably higher than at any time during the last 650000 years, the period for which reliable data has been extracted from ice cores.
Source: Neftel, A., E. Moor, H. Oeschger, and B. Stauffer. (1985). “Evidence from polar ice cores for the increase in atmospheric CO2 in the past two centuries”. Nature 315:45-47.

•The present atmospheric concentration of CO2 is about 385 parts per million (ppm) by volume. Future CO2 levels are expected to rise due to ongoing burning of fossil fuels and land-use change.
Source: Tans, Pieter. Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide – Mauna Loa. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

•Sea temperatures increase more slowly than those on land both because of the larger effective heat capacity of the oceans and because the ocean can lose heat by evaporation more readily than the land. The Northern Hemisphere has more land than the Southern Hemisphere, so it warms faster.
Source: Rowan T. Sutton, Buwen Dong, Jonathan M. Gregory (2007). “Land/sea warming ratio in response to climate change: IPCC AR4 model results and comparison with observations”. Geophysical Research Letters 34.