Climate Care Pools and Spas to be Recognised
In response to concerns from the industry, the Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance introduced the concept of a climate friendly scheme for pool and spa owners. The first round table to discuss this scheme was held in March.
There have been a number of credible state initiatives over the past few years by many organisations to deal primarily with water sustainability. The missing link has always been energy.
The concept of a “Climate Care Pool and Spa” was borne out listening to members raising concerns that not enough is being done in a unified way to make a difference.
The Climate Care Sustainability Concept is an initiative to engage with SPASA members about how they would see such an initiative working. A number of examples were provided in an initial discussion paper to stimulate ideas, with the view of mapping out an industry driven pool and spa sustainability message and program.
In essence, SPASA sees the “Climate Care Pool and Spa” program as one that creates a new standard, which utilises:
a) Water sustainable devices, designs and management;
b) Energy efficient devices, designs and management;
c) Noise reduction designs and management;
d) Environmentally aware swimming pool and spa design and construction; and
e) Other efficiency and sustainable factors.
Tim Wheeler and Shane Lovell from the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency opened the Roundtable meeting by presenting a federal overview of the government’s current and future policies and initiatives. Tim also covered key policies that impact the swimming pool and spa industry and the importance of industry embracing sustainable change.
The first round-table discussion was chaired by Bryan Goh of Waterco Limited, who led the group through a list of predetermined discussion questions.
From the discussions a loose idea of the concept was formed. Within the scheme, home-owners who have a pool or spa can accumulate points for a variety of energy and water efficient products, such as a pool cover or energy efficient pump. Once a pool or spa reaches a certain amount of points they have achieved a ‘Climate Care Pool’ or ‘Climate Care Spa’ and can use arrange of stickers and posters in and around their home to promote that they are being environmentally conscious.
SPASA will develop and manage a dedicated website listing pool and spa related products that have registered and received approval as a ‘Climate Care Pool’ or ‘Climate Care Spa’ product.
The Register would provide an excellent starting point for consumers seeking information about energy efficient and water sustainable swimming pools, spas and associated products and services. The Register could also alert homeowners of energy and water tips as well as current and future initiatives/grants.
A number of roundtable discussions will be held in the coming months to finalise details of the program.
For more information: www.spasa.org.au
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