Reducing CO2 emissions

You’ve come to Responsible Travel looking for a great trip. Like us you want your vacation to benefit local people and places too. We’ve been working on this since 2001, when we became the first business 100% dedicated to responsible travel.

The 1-2-3 of reducing CO2 emissions

Responsible tourism creates many benefits locally, but we must reduce the CO2 emissions from our vacations. It would be easy to tell you to carry on as normal and that carbon offsets (paying for a project to reduce your emissions) are the answer. But EU research shows 85% of them don’t work; and shifting responsibility elsewhere is not good behaviour. We dropped offsets in 2009 calling them a ‘distraction’.


YOUR HOLIDAY’S CO2 RESULTS FROM 1) EMISSIONS IN THE DESTINATION 2) HOW YOU GET THERE AND 3) HOW OFTEN AND FAR YOU TRAVEL. WE MUST FOCUS ON REDUCTION, NOT OFFSETS.

1. CO2 emissions in the destination

What you eat and buy, where you stay, and how you travel around matters. We are working with our destination partners to reduce CO2, here is what you can do.

2. CO2 emissions getting to the destination

Graph showing grams of CO2 emissions per vehicle and number of people.

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Compare the emissions of flying with
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3. How often you travel

Fly less
We must fly less (business and pleasure) until zero carbon planes are a reality. Taking fewer vacations with flights, but staying longer, is one way to do this (and more relaxing too!). Taking some vacations closer to home or by rail is another.

Make it count
When you fly, make it count – our vacations have been screened to support local communities and conservation of natural and cultural heritage.

Campaign
As travelers we can’t solve tourism’s role in the climate crisis on our own, and so we have published a Manifesto for Aviation and CO2 reduction and are lobbying hard for change.

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