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What does offsetting carbon emissions really mean?

 
There is no getting away from the fact that as a travel business we are playing our part in increasing the world’s carbon footprint.

Every one of our clients may go on a plane, a helicopter, a boat, or a safari jeep at some point during their trip - it is the nature of travel. But it is through this travel that we encounter the incredible places, wildlife and people currently most affected by climate change.
Our aim is to inspire you, through your travel, to protect and support these destinations; investing in effective conservation and community initiatives. We’re doing our bit too, making your travel carbon negative by covering the cost of offsetting your carbon emissions.
Aerial view of the Masai Mara

Lion brothers in the Masai Mara
Lion brothers in the Masai Mara
 
In simple terms, offsetting one tonne of carbon means there will be one less tonne of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there would otherwise have been. To offset our emissions we work with ClimateCare to purchase the equivalent volume of carbon credits. With these credits we support projects that reduce global carbon emissions by improving technologies, creating awareness and supporting vulnerable communities. Each project is independently audited to internationally agreed standards.
Lioness looking out onto the Masai Mara in Kenya
Lioness looking out onto the Masai Mara in Kenya
 
We currently offset the carbon emissions through ClimateCare, calculating the carbon emissions of your international flights; we then double this figure. Our analysis with Climate Care shows that this doubling will more than cover the emissions of your entire trip. Our trips are, therefore, carbon negative.

For example:

A return flight from London to Nairobi for two people will generate 4.10 CO2e tonnes.

To offset one tCO2e costs £8.50; a donation of £69.62 will therefore more than cover the carbon footprint of the entire trip.
Lady using an Burn stove providing by climateacare
Lady using an Burn stove providing by climateacare
 
ClimateCare take an integrated approach towards creating a carbon neutral world, delivering results that are best for people, the planet and nature. Specifically, they help to implement carbon neutral projects within local communities and we are delighted to support their ‘BURN Stoves’ project.
Lady using cleaner and more efficient cook stoves
Lady using cleaner and more efficient cook stoves
 
The BURN Stoves project allows families in rural Kenya to cook food using cleaner, more efficient cook stoves, thereby consuming less charcoal. Communities typically use wood and charcoal to fuel open fires and inefficient cook stoves, creating indoor air pollution, releasing CO2 emissions and creating pressure on local forests.

The Burn Stove Project manufactures and distributes the market-leading ‘Jikokoa’ stove locally, employing more than 400 people in sales, manufacturing and distribution – 60% of whom are women. The stove’s ‘natural draft’ technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 45% and cooking time by up to 50%, saving families up to $300 on fuel a year.
Our postive impact coordinator at the base of everest
Our postive impact coordinator at the base of everest
 
Rory joined us in early 2020. From day one, his passion for the natural world was clear and in September this year he took on a new role, driving forward our commitment to maximising positive impacts in every area of our business.

Rory believes “it is paramount that we protect the environments we love and do our best to leave them in a better state than we found them”.
 
Professor Dasgupta’s landmark Economics of Biodiversity Review mentions sustainable ecotourism as a way of protecting the biosphere. The review refers to African communities choosing to re-utilise their land for high value safaris instead of environmentally costly livestock farming. In this way diverse wildlife can thrive, financially supported by tourists who want to experience a high-quality private safari.
 
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