Sustainable management

“Our vision is to foster love, respect and understanding of our oceans to inspire support for their future wellbeing. We cannot do this effectively or with credibility if our own operations impact negatively on the environment.” ~ Dr Patrick Garratt, Managing Director

 

The Two Oceans Aquarium is a certified Platinum member of the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme. Platinum status is the highest level of achievement in this internationally recognised eco-labelling programme, and indicates that a facility is continually striving to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment and on local communities. The Aquarium is currently one of only three Platinum-status facilities in the Western Cape.

The Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Charter

The Two Oceans Aquarium aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and promote conservation. We believe that it is imperative that we lead by example, and ensure that we actively strive to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment.

We, at the Two Oceans Aquarium, are committed to:

  • Achieving sound environmental practices across our entire operation
  • Complying fully with all environmental legislation
  • Minimising our use of energy, water and materials
  • Minimising our waste and reducing, recycling and reusing the resources we consume, wherever practical
  • Encouraging our staff, volunteers, visitors, suppliers and contractors to participate in our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment
  • Working with others in industry, in education, in public agencies and the broader community to achieve wider environmental goals
  • Providing all our employees with the training and resources required to meet our objectives
  • Communicating our policies and practices to interested parties
  • Monitoring and recording our environmental impacts on a regular basis, and having our performance independently audited against our environmental management system

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Green Team – saving tomorrow, today!

While sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of our activities are the responsibility of every single staff member in the Two Oceans Aquarium and even features in all our job profiles, a core team known as the Green Team drives sustainable management at the Aquarium and leads by example to promote a positive environmental culture throughout the facility.

Visitors can also play their part – click here to find out what you can do.