What are we doing?

There’s no denying that tourism places enormous pressure on communities around the world and overcrowding, damage to the environment and loss of cultural heritage are some of these impacts. Sure, there are big challenges, but by fostering the concept of responsible and sustainable tourism and acting now to prevent climate change, we believe we can all definitely make a difference. Contiki is continually reviewing its environmental performance. We’re committed to improvement in energy and waste management, as well as to positively contribute towards sustainable tourism in communities around the world.

We are working with our hotel and local operating partners to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce resource consumption and waste. We’re also ensuring that our Contiki offices adopt new initiatives to help protect the environment and support the communities in which we operate through recycling, staff volunteer programs and more. In 2008, Contiki conducted an energy audit of its offices and has set in place, a range of measures which seek to reduce our overall energy footprint, usage and also to increase the recycling of consumable products. We’ve now introduced efficient lighting, an IT energy-saving policy, incentivised staff car pooling schemes, at desk recycling, environmentally-friendly procurement and a staff environmental education and involvement program. All of our offices globally use 100% recycled paper.

From Contiki’s Europe Summer 2011/12 brochure onwards, we are committed to using 100% recycled paper for our brochures, 95% of which is post consumer waste (that’s litter to you & me). In simple terms, between Contiki & our Travel Corporation sister companies we’re saving over 54,000 trees*** per year.

Using recycled paper means we’re using less trees, sending less waste to landfills & consuming 20% less energy making the paper. The tree fibre used to make our paper is also multi-forest certified – we’ve got the seal of approval by the FCS (Forest Stewardship Council) & a Blue Angel Certificate too. Plus, the paper making process used to produce our paper is chlorine free, meaning less dioxins are released into our waterways. On top of all this a super filtration process means the paper mill returns the water back into the environment cleaner than when it came in. For the full story, check out the below…

Our recycled paper is good for the environment for loads of reasons – here are just a few…

  1. It reduces to zero the amount of carbon dioxide absorbing trees used in the production of the paper used in our brochures. This will save more than 54,000 trees per year according to calculations provided by the Environmental Defense Fund.
  2. Recycled paper makes for less waste to be deposited into landfills.
  3. The fiber used to produce our brochures are multi-forest certified including: FSC (Forest Stewardship Council’s), PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and Blue Angel Certification.
  4. Another positive impact is that the paper mill uses a Process Chlorine Free (PCF) fiber bleaching process that avoids potential dioxin being released into adjoining waterways. # Using 100% recycled paper consumes approximately 1/5th the energy required to make corresponding grades from virgin fiber. 6.] The paper mill also returns the river water in a cleaner state than initially received by reducing the organic impurities in the waste water through a complex filtration process. We are proud to commit to using what is one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth.

Coach travel has been proven to have substantial environmental benefits, including reducing congestion and causing less pollution per passenger kilometre than any other transportation option. Coaches have been proven to emit fewer greenhouse gases on a per passenger basis than either train or car travel. *Contiki’s coach fleet is among the best in Europe and complies with EU emissions standards either V or VI, which are the most efficient engines currently available.

The Travel Corporation participates in Smart Move, an industry initiative that promotes the greater use of coaches worldwide which could result in the reduction of CO2 emissions by at least 50 million tonnes per year. You can calculate the carbon footprint of your travel and accommodation by clicking here and choosing to travel ‘carbon neutral’ by neutralising the carbon emissions you can’t reduce.

Source DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)
Greenhouse Gas (ghg) conversion figures August 2010
* DEFRA (Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) GHG Conversion Factors 2009
** Car assumes national UK average of 1.5 people per car.
*** Assumes average of 36 passengers

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