5 August 2015 | Royal Zoological Society of Scotland News Release
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is pleased to announce the installation of two electric car charging points that are free for the public to use for the next 12 months. Part of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s wider sustainability programme, the units were made possible due to a £10,000 grant awarded to the conservation charity by the Energy Saving Trust.
Simon Jones, Sustainability Manager at RZSS, said: “At RZSS Edinburgh Zoo we have an established environmental management system and even a dedicated ‘Green Team’ with representatives from each department across the Zoo, all working together to reduce its environmental impact and improve sustainability practices. As a conservation charity it’s vital we look to conserve and help our natural world in whatever way we can. Our new electric car charging points are the latest part of this picture.”
In 2009 RZSS Edinburgh Zoo was awarded ISO 14001 accreditation, which is a recognised international industry standard that confirms that the Zoo is constantly striving to improve sustainability in its operations.
Jones continues, “There are currently more than 1,000 electric cars being driven in Scotland, with the majority being driven in and around Edinburgh. Statistics suggest sales have also increased four-fold over the last year and that all ten of the bestselling vehicle manufacturers now offer electric vehicles in their ranges. The City of Edinburgh Council is encouraging the use of electric vehicles to help reduce the local emission of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, with Transport Scotland proving financial support for the provision of public electric car charging points. At RZSS we are more than happy to help promote anything that uses a clean energy source and doesn’t emit toxic gasses or smoke.”
Energy Saving Trust Scotland Transport Manager Stephen Rennie said: “We are delighted to provide Transport Scotland funding for publicly accessible charging facilities at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. Sales of plug-in vehicles in 2015 have been nearly four times more than in the previous year and we have no doubt that this trend will continue due to the huge fuel cost savings that are available from such vehicles. Charging facilities like these will help strengthen the national network of charging points and are crucial in supporting the growing number of electric vehicle drivers in Scotland.”
The two new electric car charging points can be found in the Zoo’s main carpark in dedicated parking bays and are free to use for the next year.
About RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
- RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, just a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh’s bustling city centre. In its 101 year history the Zoo has been home to many famous animal residents, more recently the UK’s only giant pandas, Tian and Yang Guang, and UK’s only koalas, including the first joey born on British soil in 2013
- RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), a registered charity, charity no SC004064
- The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland was founded by visionary lawyer Thomas Gillespie, the Society was set up in 1909 ‘to promote, facilitate and encourage the study of zoology and kindred subjects and to foster and develop amongst the people an interest in and knowledge of animal life’. The Society still exists to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction.
- For further information on all our conservation projects and events, please visit our website – www.edinburghzoo.org.uk
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