Responsible travel company Intrepid Travel has released a guide to help travel businesses decarbonise during the pandemic.
The open-source document, A 10-Step Quick Start Guide to Decarbonise Your Travel Business, provides an easy-to-follow action plan on reduction and offsetting for tourism businesses, to encourage the industry to rebuild more sustainably amidst the pandemic.
The Quick Start Guide provides a low barrier way for other travel companies to get started on their carbon journey by offering straightforward steps – from understanding how climate change is impacting business to developing a carbon management strategy – and using real world examples from Intrepid to show how others can implement similar strategies within their own organisation.
The guide, which is available to download from the Intrepid Travel website, is part of the travel company’s #RebuildResponsibly advocacy work that it has been focusing on while international travel is halted.
Intrepid Travel has focused on using this time to think about how it can rebuild better itself, while also using the tools and insights the company has built over the years to encourage others in the travel industry to emerge from this crisis more responsible.
James Thornton, CEO of Intrepid Travel, said: “The COVID-19 crisis has brought our sector and the global economy to a halt this year and we would be remiss to not let it be for something good. We shouldn’t be aspiring for things to go back to normal, but rather redefine what normal means and use this period of travel stagnation to focus on rebuilding our businesses more ethically and sustainably, so that our earth is preserved for future generations to explore.”
Advocating for net zero emissions by 2030 is one of the key areas that Intrepid Travel has identified as critical to a responsible rebuild of the travel industry, along with ending exploitative wildlife tourism, establishing stronger governance and compliance, and empowering communities and supply chains. In the weeks and months ahead, the company will continue to roll out several other initiatives and partnerships to support these areas.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.