Intrepid Travel Commits to Double Carbon Offset Contributions

The operator aims to offset 3,000 tons of carbon emissions across 68 tours in the U.S. this year By: Michelle Juergen
Intrepid Travel is showing its commitment to helping the environment. // © 2017 Getty Images
Intrepid Travel is showing its commitment to helping the environment. // © 2017 Getty Images

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Following President Trump’s recent controversial decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Intrepid Travel has announced that it will double its carbon offset contribution this year on all tours running in the U.S.; the goal is to offset approximately 3,000 tons of carbon emissions across 68 tours. 

Why It Matters:
According to Intrepid, which claims it is the world’s largest carbon-neutral tour operator, travel companies should have a commitment to protecting the environment despite the lack of government intervention from the executive branch. Now, more than ever, suppliers and operators must show environmental stewardship, and agents can do so as well by encouraging clients to book with such companies.  

Fast Facts:
- Intrepid will offset approximately 3,000 tons of carbon emissions in 2017 across 68 tours operating in the U.S. 

- These investments will go toward global energy projects, as well the to the Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas, a VCS-accredited project creating renewable energy in a state that is highly dependent on fossil fuels. (VCS is a nonprofit committed to helping reduce emissions, improve livelihoods and protect natural resources across the private and public sectors.)

- As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Intrepid has released its UNGC report for 2016, which spotlights Intrepid’s commitment to supporting public accountability in environmental stewardship and how it has reached the following milestones: It has been carbon neutral since 2010; it offset 42,000-plus tons of carbon globally in 2016; it has invested $1.1 million into renewable energy projects since 2010; and it has planted 50,000 trees in Australia, Kenya and Thailand.

What They Are Saying:
“The responsibility for climate change has been handed over to public and private leaders to take action,” said 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.”

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