February 28, 2019
KJet and Sustainable Tourism
KJet is committed to delivering a world class New Zealand visitor experience. Our environmental consciousness commits us to engage the most technologically advanced and efficiency-oriented configuration of our vessels and operations.
We respect the natural environs in which we operate in Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers. We are privileged to share this beautiful place with our guests.
Our operating systems are wholly designed to support this with sustainable environmental practices from procurement to recycling of used plant and materials.
KJet changed to a direct combustion chamber injected engine, a Chevrolet based L86 with variable cam timing and direct injection marinised by Kodiak Marine in the USA. This means the fuel is injected under high pressure (2500 PSI) directly into the combustion chamber. Previously the fuel in the older style engine was injected onto the inlet runner, and then left to atomise with the incoming air going into the combustion chamber. The direct injection makes the engine much more efficient, and creates more horse power and torque but uses much less fuel.
We are also committed to recycling plant and material. All of our aluminium and scrap metal from our boats and boat maintenance are recycled, old engine batteries are re-used in tractors and then recycled, and all of our used oil is recycled. All stations have recycle bins for staff and customer recycling.
In addition to this, we have connected a solar panel to two car batteries which are then connected to a fan which is turned on at night to help dry our life jackets and spray jackets without using power. All of our hand-held radios have re-chargeable batteries, to avoid throwing out used ones.
Our boats and vehicles are cleaned with biodegradable cleaners at our operations centre at the Frankton Marina.
KJet have recently signed up to the Tourism Sustainability Commitment, joining the fast-growing group of tourism operators who are working to make a positive difference. The aim of the TSC is to see every New Zealand tourism business committed to sustainability by 2025 to protect and enhance the environment on which tourism businesses depend.
In November 2018 KJet was awarded Qualmark Gold. A Gold award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand, with the delivery of exceptional customer experiences an integral part of everything they do. A Gold Sustainable Tourism Award identifies businesses that are leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world-class sustainable visitor destination.