Carbon Neutral Holidays
From June 2018 to June 2019 Scandinavian Travel offset more than 57 tonnes of carbon and provided 100% carbon neutral holidays for all of its customers as part of our AITO Project PROTECT Pledge. This was a continuation of what we had already achieved during our pledge the year before.
We chose this pledge because of the increasing awareness of the impact that climate change has on the travel industry and, in particular, the winter sports industry. By offsetting the carbon produced by our holidays, we benefit our destinations, struggling communities, and the UK.
Over the last year, the projects we supported planted more than 56 trees in the UK, protected the same number in the Amazon, and repaired boreholes in Uganda. This has greatly reduced the impact of our clients’ holidays on the environment, both socially and environmentally, providing environmental improvements on a global and local scale, locked away carbon in trees and reduced the amount of carbon released from fossil fuels.
Our project has provided significant and measurable impacts and has run smoothly with limited resources. Everyone in the office is now more aware of the benefits of the carbon offsetting, and we are all keen to continue the support. We have also worked hard on increasing client awareness and the success of this can now be seen in their increased response to our survey about the pledge this year. It has been a real pleasure to see the increase in awareness of both staff and clients. Receiving the certificates showing how much we have offset from Carbon Footprint is also a testament to the success of the project.
One of our pledge aims was to be a responsible tour operator that our clients, suppliers and staff are proud to travel and work with. We believe that our initial accomplishments, and continued commitment to carbon neutral holidays has helped us toward achieving this aim.
In 2019/2020 Scandinavian Travel will continue to provide 100% of its customers with 100% carbon neutral holidays, maintaining our position as the only specialist tour operator to provide completely carbon neutral holidays to Scandinavia.