Intrepid Travel has announced it will double its carbon offset contribution this year on all tours run in the United States, following the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the country from the Paris climate accord.
The announcement will see Intrepid offset approximately 3,000 additional tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2017. This is on behalf of more than 2,500 passengers from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and beyond travelling across 68 tours operating in the United States. These investments will go towards global energy projects as well VCS accredited renewable projects in the U.S. such as the Dempsey Ridge Wind Farm project in Oklahoma.
“The responsibility for climate change has been handed over to public and private leaders to take action,” says Leigh Barnes, Director of Intrepid Travel in North America. “We all have a part to play and this was the most immediate action we could take. Offsetting does not grant us a license to create carbon, but it allows us to make a positive contribution to the planet while we continue to work towards meaningful emission reduction strategies.”
As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Intrepid Travel has also released its UNGC report for 2016. The report highlights Intrepid Travel's commitment to support public accountability in environmental stewardship and highlights how it has reached the following milestones:
- Carbon neutral since 2010
- 42,000+ tonnes of carbon offset globally in 2016
- $1.1 million USD invested into renewable energy projects since 2010
- 50,000 trees planted in Australia, Kenya & Thailand
More information aboutt Intrepid’s environmental policy can be found here.