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Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Intrepid Travel launches free carbon-reduction guide


Carbon-neutral Intrepid Travel has created a 10-Step Quick Start Guide to Decarbonising Your Travel Business, available for download from its website.

The free resource aims to provide an easy-to-follow action plan on reduction and offsetting for tourism businesses to encourage the industry to rebuild more sustainably amid the pandemic.

The initiative is part of the travel company's #RebuildResponsibly advocacy work it has been focusing on while international travel was paused.

"The Covid-19 crisis has brought our sector and the global economy to a halt this year and we would be remiss to not let it be for something good. We shouldn't be aspiring for things to go back to normal, but rather redefine what normal means and use this period of travel stagnation to focus on rebuilding our businesses more ethically and sustainably, so that our earth is preserved for future generations to explore," said CEO James Thornton.

He said the Quick Start Guide provides a 'low barrier' way for travel companies to reduce their carbon footprint by offering 'straightforward steps', from understanding how climate change is impacting a business to developing a carbon management strategy, and using real examples from Intrepid to show how others can implement similar strategies within their own organisations.

The resource was written by Intrepid's environmental impact specialist Dr Susanne Etti, who has over 15 years of experience in sustainability and is responsible for measuring and driving environmental performance, as well as developing and implementing a culture of sustainability leadership within Intrepid Travel.

Advocating for net zero emissions by 2030 is one of the key areas that Intrepid has identified as critical to a responsible rebuild of the travel industry, along with ending exploitative wildlife tourism, establishing stronger governance and compliance, and empowering communities and supply chains. In the weeks and months ahead, the company said it will continue to roll out several other initiatives and partnerships to support these areas.

Listen to James' interview with Graham McKenzie here.

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