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Intrepid’s science-based sustainability targets

Company becomes first tour operator to make step

Intrepid Travel has announced a range of science-based targets to help the company become more sustainable.

The tour operator will be replacing transport options with lower carbon alternatives, expanding its range of closer to home trips and lowering the amount of international travel its staff embark on. All offices will also be powered by renewable energy by 2025.

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The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and are in line with a 1.5°C future, the target set by the Paris Climate Agreement.

To reach its 2035 target, Intrepid Travel has committed to reduce absolute scope 1 (direct emissions) and scope 2 (emissions from heat and electricity) greenhouse gas emissions 71% by 2035 from a 2018 base year. Intrepid Travel also committed to reduce scope 3 (value chain emissions) greenhouse gas emissions from its offices by 34% per full-time employee and from its trips by 56% per passenger day over the same period.

“Intrepid’s verified science-based targets mark the most significant step we’ve taken on our climate journey in the past 15 years,” said James Thornton, CEO of Intrepid Travel. “Setting science-based targets is widely considered the most effective way for companies to take significant climate action, and we’re proud to be building our business towards a 1.5°C future. Our hope is that we can use this as a rallying cry to the entire industry that climate action needs to be a critical priority in travel’s post-Covid recovery. We simply can’t rebuild at the expense of the planet.”

There are currently only 14 hospitality and tourism companies in the world with approved targets, including Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group, with an additional 14 companies within the sector of hospitality who are committed to setting science-based targets, including Legacy Vacation Resorts and MGM Resorts International.

The results and progress of Intrepid’s science-based targets will be led by Intrepid’s Environmental Impact Specialist, Dr. Susanne Etti, and reported annually through the company’s Integrated Report. 


Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.