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Kirra SurfStock balances Carbon Footprint

Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Kirra Surf Stock balances Carbon Footprint southern Gold Coast Kirra SurfStock Festival has been Carbon Balanced Climate Wave Enterprises would like to announce that the Kirra SurfStock Festival and Surfrider Foundation National Conference has been carbon balanced with Greenhouse Friendly accredited carbon offsets. All the carbon footprint data was collected and the calculations made by Climate Wave Enterprises (CWE) with the assistance and sponsorship from Ecofund Queensland and Connecting Southern Gold Coast. Climate Wave Enterprises spokesperson said,” The calculation took a bit longer than we’d planned but finally all the figures were tallied and we now have a successful carbon balanced event. Jim Wilson, General Manager, Connecting Southern Gold Coast Ltd, who sponsored the event, said “ We would like to congratulate the organisers of Kirra SurfStock for being the first major surf industry event that we know of, to successfully address this issue. There would appear to be no reason for all events on the Gold Coast not to carbon balance their footprints. Climate Wave Enterprises is a local Southern Gold Coast company and has proven what a good job it can do, so I urge promoters of events to work with them and Ecofund Queensland.” To help balance the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the 2009 Kirra SurfStock Festival, Ecofund Queensland on behalf of Kirra SurfStock Festival will purchase and retire 10 tonnes of Australian Government accredited (and Queensland generated) carbon offsets. Based on available data, the festival's 2009 carbon footprint included direct and indirect emission sources such as electricity consumption, the production of marketing material, organic waste being directed to landfill and the consumption of fuels in associated vehicles and small-generators. "Climate Wave Enterprises have committed to making progressive improvements in capturing more emission source data, and, subsequently reducing the carbon footprint of future festivals. " "Ecofund is an exciting initiative set up to expand Queensland’s protected areas to 20 million hectares by 2020 through the provision of innovative carbon, renewable energy and environmental offset products and services," said Colin Forker, Chief Executive Officer, Ecofund Queensland. For more information please contact Greg Howell on 0414 939 942 or email Greg@climatewave.com or Guil Araujo 0438 708 899 or email Guil@climatewave.com

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