A Tauranga holiday park has won an award for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

The Mount Beachside Holiday Park has just received a platinum award as part of the Instep carbon and sustainability reporting programme.

Instep enables businesses to identify their key greenhouse gas emission sources, set a baseline and then work towards reducing overall emissions.

The holiday park received a gold award last year and now have the highest award available. It has taken five years to get to this point.

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Typical types of activities at the holiday park that generate emissions include electricity use for the office, cabins, kitchens, petrol and diesel use for equipment and waste production.

A total emission reduction of 14 per cent has been achieved against the original baseline in 2010/11.

Activities undertaken to support this reduction have included improving waste separation and diversion from landfill; installing a giant worm farm to divert organic waste from landfill; installing low flow taps and shower devices to conserve water; installing a solar PV system on the office building; and replacing diesel powered vehicles with solar charged carts.