Disneyland® Paris has been committed for years to reduce its impact on the environment. But according to Walt Disney himself, “Conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us”. In line with this belief, for nearly five years now the Trophées Environnement at Disneyland Paris reward daily gestures by the Cast Member teams. We looked at the event itself.
The ambition of Disneyland Paris regarding an environmental policy is to be able in the years to come both to comply with French regulations and be in line with the conduct set by The Walt Disney Company. Our destination has to meet various challenges, among which: the 30% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the 16% reduction of drinking water consumption, and reaching a 60% recovery rate of operational waste. The company can only reach these targets with the engagement of all its Cast Members.
The 5th edition of the Environment Trophies (Trophées Environnement)
The 5th edition of the Trophées Environnement was held on 14 November, last week, in the presence of Tom Wolber, Président of Euro Disney S.A.S. These trophies reward the environmental performances of the Disneyland Paris teams in matters of energy as well as in matters of waste recycling.
Two prizes were given: the Prix Green Standard* and the Prix Energie**. This year the teams of Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch and of Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe were the respective recipients.
Karine Duboil Brossard, a member of the team awarded the Green Standard Prize explains: “We used water fountains in the offices and thermoses for those on the field and by doing so we went from 44 000 plastic water bottles ordered in 2009 to only 96 in 2014.” Their paper consumption in the offices also went down from 8 to 5 tons!
Gaby Coury, a member of the team awarded the Energy Prize, adds: “The main energy guzzler in our hotel is the pool. With a plumber permanently in our team all leaks are repaired very quickly and the energy used to heat the water is not wasted.”
The ceremony not only allowed for the prizes to be awarded, but it was also an opportunity to look at the objectives set for the 2008-2013 period, as well as to present the new strategy for 2014-2020. The latter focuses mainly on four themes: water, waste, greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity. For further explanations see the video.
*The Prix Green Standard rewards the teams’ environmental performances regarding the sorting of cardboard and fermentable food waste and the reduction in the consumption of plastic water bottles and office paper.
**Prix Energie: il rewards the involvement of the teams in matters of energy savings