Environmental Responsibility

Waterbom Bali is committed to the continued development and implementation of sustainability measures to reduce its environmental footprint as much as possible.

On entering Waterbom you will immediately notice an average 10-degree drop in ambient temperature compared to the street outside.

This is a direct result of the conservation of more than 50% of the park as green space with extensive tree coverage from indigenous species and is a prime example of the positive benefits of an on-going focus on sustainability.

Bali is our home. Protecting and nurturing the environment for the benefit of future generations is a central pillar of our corporate culture.

Beyond a nice idea to make us feel good about ourselves, this is a tangible commitment we continue to invest in.

Over the past year we have worked with environmental consultants to assist in quantifying the improvements we can make to improve our product, reduce our carbon footprint and by doing so; reduce our costs and the cost of our operations on the environment.

We truly believe adopting sustainable business practices to reduce the burden placed on our natural resources can drive a quantifiable return for businesses for all to prosper.

This is what we call Karmic Return.

  • Enviromental Project

    Waterbom Bali Supporting the 1,000 Bamboo Villages Program.

    We have signed on to support the development of a Bamboo Village to directly combat land degradation in the Kintamani Region of Bali.

    This will supply significant environmental benefits to the local area including erosion control, reduced rainwater run off and increased carbon capture.

    Each Bamboo Village will also facilitate the sustainable participation in the agro-forestry industry for up to 30 families in the surrounding area.

    We are proud to be part of Bali and want to be doing our part to positively impact our community. We are very excited by the opportunity to support the amazing team at the Environmental Bamboo Foundation.

    There are 2 key parts to this program that ultimately establishes sustainable bamboo farming on currently critically degraded crown land.

    1. Establishing Bamboo Cocoon Nurseries

      Here plantlings are cultivated from rooted branches collected from surrounding bamboo farming areas. These are usually wasted in the harvesting process.

      The Bamboo nursery is where the bamboo matures into clumps strong enough for transport and replanting in 2- 3 years.

    2. Establish Bamboo Field Schools in the planting area

      Bamboo Field Schools first work to help organize local community members into farming groups with correct legal structures to undertake leases for the farming area and gain loans and industry support to sustain the operations in years to come.

      The schools then empower the farmers with the education, skills and frameworks to manage the their operations long term.

      The program established by the Environmental Bamboo Foundation is another example of how a focus on environmental responsibility has significant economic benefits.

      Through the creation of new, sustainable industry the program helps ensure long-term environmental goals are met by creating economic incentives for developing the bamboo forest. Everybody wins.

      We look forward to keeping you updated on this journey.

      For more information on the Environmental Bamboo Foundation head here www.bamboocentral.org

  • Carbon Neutral

    Reducing Environmental Footprint.

    Treading Lightly. Waterbom Bali is now officially carbon neutral.

    A core mission of Waterbom Bali has been to work to reduce their environmental footprint.

    Following years of consistently working to implement initiatives to improve the sustainability of the operations, Waterbom are now proud to announce they are the first tourism operations in Bali to officially become carbon neutral.

    Climate change caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere represents one of the most severe threats facing the global community. The UN Paris Climate Agreement recommended carbon offsetting as a key tool to fight this.

    Using the guidelines from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, an initiative facilitated by the World Resource Institute and World Business Council For Sustainable development, the emissions of Waterbom's activities have been measured and quantified including:

    Direct Emissions resulting from activities in our control such as burning fuels in the kitchens, wastewater treatment and transport.

    Indirect Emissions that are outside our control such as electricity purchased.

    Other Indirect Emissions outside our control including employee commuting and waste generated that is sent to recycling or landfill.

    Following a full audit and assessment of Waterbom's total carbon emissions; Waterbom has invested in a Certified Emissions Reduction Project approved by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    Another step in Waterbom's environmental sustainability journey.

  • Water responsibility

    Water is a precious resource. We take our responsibility to minimize usage seriously.

    Based on research by local Indonesian NGO IDEP Foundation, the province of Bali is facing a serious fresh water shortfall.

    The beauty and unique culture that has driven the explosion of tourism and development on the island are now threatened as the once abundant natural resources; particularly freshwater are straining under the load.

    Waterbom Bali is a proud fundraiser for The Bali Water Project, working to protect Bali's fresh water sources. Numerous water minimization initiatives have also been implemented across the park as part of an overarching strategy to actively reduce our overall environmental footprint.

    Key Initiatives to conserve water include:

    • Installation of timed, low flow rate taps throughout Waterbom.
    • Recycling of grey water for irrigation use through out our gardens.
    • Waterbom’s extensive drainage systems act as a giant recharge well channeling rain back into the water table instead of washing away.

    Our objective is to have zero loss of water from the park in the form of run off.

  • Waste Responsibility

    Landfill reduction through waste minimization, recycling and composting efforts.

    Waste management in Bali is at crisis point and current available data does not accurately reflect the current situation.

    It is estimated 12 million foreign and domestic tourists and 4.5 million local residents produce more than the estimated 857,000 metric tonnes per year of waste.

    Independent measurement of average tourism and industry waste production potentially place actual production at 10x this level.

    The infrastructure for waste management in Bali is currently insufficient to handle the increasing burden. With low levels of recycling most waste ends up in landfill. It is up to businesses to develop the tools and processes to help improve this situation.

    We have implemented park wide waste separation to allow recycling and composting to reduce the level of waste from the park ending up in landfill by 20%.

    Our compost ends up on our gardens to reduce water usage and loss by evaporation.

  • Energy Responsibility

    Reducing Usage Requirements and Improving Efficiency.

    Electricity consumption on the island of Bali is estimated at around 5,550 giga-watt hours per year and is growing by 9.7% per year.

    The grid is mainly powered by coal and diesel and is subject to huge losses, voltage fluctuations and power shortages. For every kWh produced in the Java-Bali grid, approximately 0.563 kg CO2e is released into the atmosphere.

    Energy generation is highly polluting and tied to substantial carbon dioxide, nitroxide and sulfur oxide release and large external costs to the environment.

    Reducing our use of electricity and improving the efficiency of the power coming into the park are key objectives being achieved by:

    • Power infrastructure upgrades to minimize system inefficiencies and heat losses that waste energy.
    • Conversion of all lighting to LED to reduce energy use and mercury pollution.
    • Restricting air-conditioning use times in offices and set temperature ranges to reduce energy requirements.

    Our overall target is a 5% reduction in energy consumption every year.

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