How we’re committing to carbon reductions and evolving to support the transition to a low-carbon future.
At Contiki, we want to travel, and we want you to have life-changing travel experiences. We want you to see the big five on safari, to explore pristine coastlines and listen to the rainforest, intact and teeming with wildlife. We want to keep sharing the gift of travel with you, and others.
But unprecedented things are happening to our planet – the impacts of climate change are universal, and ignoring it won’t make it go away.
That’s why, from 2022, Contiki as a company will be completely Carbon Neutral. It’s just one of the steps we’re taking, and we’ve developed a five-point Climate Action Plan to guide us – committing to learning and adapting as the world moves closer to a lower carbon economy.
Contiki’s Climate Action Plan
Our five-point Climate Action Plan is part of our How We Tread Right sustainability strategy.
Our plan is not marked by one quick fix, because there isn’t one, it is marked with our commitment to learn and adapt as technology and innovation inevitably moves us closer to capturing excess carbon in our atmosphere.
Beginning in 2022, in partnership with a leading offset provider, South Pole, we will offset your Contiki trip by purchasing carbon credits from a combination of three meaningful carbon reduction projects.
These projects include Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard projects to guarantee carbon reductions are made, while offering co-benefits that positively impact local communities:
This project protects Victoria’s Annya State Forest and restores the rich biodiversity that was once found in the forest, before it was illegally cleared two decades ago and planted with an invasive eucalyptus species, causing devastation to the area. By protecting the land against further clearing and re-vegetating it with native flora, this project enhances biodiversity and permanently protects habitat for vulnerable native species.
This wind power project spans 36,000 acres in South Dakota and is a product of innovative community collaboration. Of the 108 wind turbines, 7 are owned by a group of local residents, ensuring jobs and taxes stay in the local area, and 1 is owned by Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI), giving students the opportunity to gain practical experience working with wind turbines. The turbines have the capacity to harness the wind to power up to 129,000 homes with clean electricity, displacing energy generated from fossil fuel power plants.
Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of tapioca starch, often used in the food and toothpaste industries. This project uses the wastewater from a starch factory near Bangkok to generate renewable biogas energy. Not only does this project displace the use of fossil fuels and provide Thailand with a sustainable energy solution, it also reduces local air pollution and eliminates the odours from decomposing organic matter.
What can you do?
Here’s how you can reduce your carbon footprint while traveling:
Travel by coach
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 (DEFRA - Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs GHG Conversion Factors 2019).
Offset your flight
If you’re looking to offset the carbon footprint of your flight to and from your destination, we recommend measuring the emissions from your flight and offsetting this amount with our partner South Pole’s Flight Calculator. They provide travelers with a variety of verifiable carbon offset projects to choose from.
Use public transport when you can
Check ahead to see if there is public transport or a shuttle available to help you get from the airport to your accommodations. This reduces the amount of cars on the road, idling and releasing GHGs.
Try more veggie options
Meat production is the primary source of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide. When you’re traveling try a new vegetarian or vegan dish – check out our Contiki vegan trip here.