The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is a conservation organisation and charity which aims to have a positive impact on people, communities and the environment. RZSS are working hard to improve our Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park sites, making a commitment to minimise the negative and maximise the positive environmental impacts of our operations and prevention of pollution.
RZSS will achieve continual improvement in environmental performance specifically in the following areas:
Energy Efficiency & Emission Reduction
We have been reducing our energy and fuel consumption through; installing energy efficient LED lighting and PIR’s, using electric/ hybrid vehicles as well as changing from diesel fuel to a greener gas to liquid fuel, installing waterless urinals.
Biodiversity on Site
Actively manage the biodiversity of all sites and mitigate negative impacts of any future developments. Encourage local wildlife through our Wildlife Gardens, bug hotels, bird boxes etc.
Enhancing Awareness of Sustainability
Communicate and inform staff, visitors, volunteers and other stakeholders on relevant environmental issues, enhancing their understanding and encouraging responsible behaviours through fun and engaging events and activities.
Ensure continued legislative environmental compliance through our existing ISO14001 accreditation. Maintain our current Gold Standard Green Tourism award.
Improving sustainable procurement practices throughout the society, encouraging suppliers and contractors to demonstrate similar responsibilities.
We continue to minimise waste, prioritising re-using over recycling wherever possible. In 2017 Edinburgh Zoo diverted over 65 tonnes of waste from landfill. All our coffee cups, cutlery and straws are completely compostable and can be disposed of into the food waste bins on site.