Executive Cultural Tours gives passengers an option
Executive Cultural Tours is now offering
clients an opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of their travel by going
"carbon neutral" through an Offsetting Policy in co-operation with Cleaner Climate.
What is "carbon neutral?"
Climate change is a serious problem, caused primarily by the carbon dioxide released
from burning fossil fuels like oil, coal, and gas. But there are things we can do
about it - like choosing to go carbon neutral.
Going carbon neutral is an easy way to take responsibility for the greenhouse
gas emissions we create every time we drive our cars, take a plane, or turn on
our computers. It's based on the principle that, since climate change is a global
problem, an emission reduction made elsewhere has the same positive effect as one
Here's how it works: if you add polluting emissions to the atmosphere,
you can effectively subtract them by purchasing 'carbon offsets.' Carbon
offsets are simply credits for emission reductions achieved by projects
elsewhere, such as wind farms, solar installations, or energy efficiency
projects. By purchasing these credits, you can apply them to your own
emissions and reduce your net climate impact.
Why Go Carbon Neutral?
To solve the problem of climate change, we all need to take account of our
personal carbon emissions and make continued efforts to reduce them wherever
possible. We know it is impossible to reduce our carbon emissions to zero, no
matter how hard we try. Going carbon neutral by purchasing carbon offsets is
a practical and affordable way to do something about those remaining emissions.
Purchasing high quality carbon offsets from projects such as wind farms also helps
support the transition to a sustainable energy economy by providing an additional
source of revenue to developers of renewable energy.
Information from the David Suzuki Foundation website.
Executive Cultural Tours's Carbon Emission Offsetting Program
Executive Worldwide travel has partnered with Cleaner Climate Ltd.
(www.cleanerclimate.com), to provide a link to a "carbon calculator." This will allow
you to determine the carbon emitted from your flight and voluntarily fund a renewable
energy project in a developing country to offset it.
The company's projects are structured in accordance with guidelines set out
by bodies such as the United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change
(UNFCCC) and the Gold Standard and are monitored by a third party to verify
that they offset the amount specified.
The Offset Project
Cleaner Climate's projects are based in South Africa and to be accredited as a
'Gold Standard' project they must meet certain guidelines and provide certain
criteria including environmental, social and economic impact. In Durban, they
have partnered with Phillips, one of the world's leading electronic companies,
to supply and install 6 million energy-efficient light bulbs in poor communities
with little to no infrastructure. Each light bulb over its 7 year life
displaces ½ tonne of CO2. This means over a 7 year period over 3 million tonnes
of CO2 will have been displaced. This is the equivalent of making 215,000 cars carbon
neutral each year for 7 years.
Besides the environmental factor they are also saving the community money
they would have spent on electricity, addressing the economic factor.
Phillips will also train local unemployed people from the community,
ensure installation and monitor the progress over the life of the projects.
Cleaner Climate also has a number of projects it is currently working on
at prefeasibility stage. These projects include landfill remediation, solar
thermal, solar pv (micro & macro) and coal mine methane extraction.