Our Sustainability Initiatives
Taking a step beyond animal care and wildlife conservation, the WRS parks are committed to work towards a sustainable future. Our sustainability measures are in line with the mission of protecting and conserving biodiversity in Singapore and the region. Key among our measures is the complete switch to using certified sustainable palm oil and sustainably sourced seafood. Through these measures, we endeavour to offer our guests more environmentally-friendly options.
All WRS owned and managed food and beverage outlets have switched to using certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) for cooking. All seafood served at WRS F&B outlets are sustainably sourced and MSC* or ASC# certified.
Plastic is non-biodegradable and takes thousands of years to break down, thus creating an enormous amount of waste and pollution. Hundreds of thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, whales, and other marine animals die each year from ocean pollution and ingestion of plastic debris found on beaches or in oceans. Our ultimate aim is to reduce single-use plastic waste. In our parks, bottled water is the key contributor of single-use plastic waste. To mitigate against this, we have begun a campaign to reduce single-use plastic bottles:
Refillable Water Bottles are sold at retail shops, F&B outlets and vending machines throughout the park. 14 water dispensers have also been installed throughout the Singapore Zoo.
In addition, WRS parks are progressively working towards using clean energy with the use of solar panels, energy-saving LED lamps, and electric trams. Our current initiatives also include the use of Forest Steward Council (FSC) certified mix paper, the reduction of disposable plastic items at our food and beverage outlets, default thermostat setting to air-conditioners for energy efficiency, installation of timed lighting in bathrooms and a general review of our greenhouse gas emissions. Ongoing practices of recycling herbivore dung for fodder plantation and recycling of tree logs will also be taken further with considerations of recycling horticultural waste for composting.
To drive awareness of sustainability and conservation among the young and to take our impact beyond our parks, WRS has also launched the Go Green for Wildlife campaign to educate the young on environmentally-friendly practices.
Reducing our environmental impact requires ongoing review, and we are regularly researching and exploring more environmentally friendly options for our operations.
* MSC: Marine Stewardship Council
# ASC: Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Top: Map recycling stand at zoo entrance.
Bottom: Recycling bins around the zoo.