Intrepid Travel has revealed plans to become the world’s first climate-positive travel company by 2020.
The news came on Earth Day (April 22), with Intrepid saying it is taking steps to remove additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and focus on “reductions, restoration, regeneration and offsetting emission beyond our value chain”.
Intrepid has been carbon-neutral since 2010 – a status achieved through its Carbon Management Plan, whereby the main sources of carbon emission from its trips are assessed and offset into renewable energy projects. The Carbon Management Plan enables Intrepid to operate its trips in a sustainable manner, addresses it environmental commitments under the United Nations Global Compact and outlines its carbon-offsetting initiatives.
Intrepid says it quantifies its carbon usage and then purchases carbon credits from various projects to offset its impact.
Since 2009, Intrepid’s carbon-offsetting activities have resulted in monetary contributions of more than AU$2 million to projects including a wind power project in Rajasthan, India; a solar farm project in Bambous, Mauritius, which has prevented 220,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere; and a wind power project in Mexico, which has resulted in 50 graduates of a small-wind-turbine design and production course and 152.8 hectares of reforestation in the communities of Mexico’s Itsmo region.
The Intrepid Foundation, Intrepid Travel’s not-for-profit arm, is also fundraising AU$350,000 (around £192,000) for an innovative marine project to set up Australia’s first seaweed platform, which will help reverse global warming. All donations made to the project through the Intrepid Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar.
Darrell Wade, co-founder of Intrepid Travel, said: “Climate action has to be a priority for anyone who loves travel. We believe that we have a responsibility to make a positive difference and help to preserve the planet for the next generation of travellers.”
Intrepid will also donate to the seaweed project 40 per cent all of profits from family holidays booked between now and the end of June.