Sustainable Travel: Planet

Protecting the planet we explore

Our People, Places & Planet plan works towards improving life through travel - for the places we visit on our adventures, the people we meet when there, and the planet which hosts us. Here, we describe our climate action plan.

At the start of 2020, Exodus Travels and sister company, Headwater, were two of the first travel companies in the world to declare a climate emergency, publicly recognising that our planet is in crisis and committing to play our part in taking action on climate change.

Now, in 2021, we are making a promise to the planet, which we will deliver with every adventure.

Our Planet Promise

Reduce

Reduce

Halve our carbon footprint by 2030

Rewild

Rewild

Rewild 100 square metres for every passenger

Remove

Remove

Compensate for all trip emissions

Reducing our footprint

We have set ourselves a science-based target to halve our carbon footprint per passenger by 2030. Here are some of the ways we’ll work towards this goal:

  • We will pilot a collection of ‘ultra-low carbon trips’ and carbon score all trips by 2022 to better inform the path to our 2030 target.
  • We are expanding our train travel booking service, offering train travel to most European trips by the end of 2021. Read more about taking the train to our trips here.
  • We’ve set a goal for ‘plastic-free picnics’ by 2022; aiming to eliminate single-use plastics from all picnics and packed meals on our trips (plastic contains lots of ‘embodied carbon’).
  • We already strive to offer lower carbon adventures in the following ways, and will continue to expand these efforts across our trips, measuring our progress:
    • Aiming to ensure at least 90% of food provided on our trips is locally sourced, meaning it’s not been transported long distances.
    • Opting for lower impact in-country transportation, and offering an extensive range of ‘self-powered’ holidays.
    • Selecting smaller, locally-run accommodation and eco-hotels, which have a lower impact on the surrounding environment than big hotel chains.
    • Continuing to ensure that there are always vegetarian – if not vegan - options available in the places we take our clients.

Read more about our carbon measurement and management here.

Rewilding and removing carbon

Our Planet Promise focuses first and foremost on carbon footprint reduction over and above carbon mitigation. However, we also have both a desire and a responsibility to help protect the biodiversity and landscapes which play such a vital role in removing the carbon we emit.

We’re proud to be partnering with Rewilding Europe to launch the innovative Nature & Carbon Corridors project and rewild 100 square metres for every passenger who travels with us:

  • This project aims to rewild 5,000 hectares of the Italian Apennines in 5 years, promoting biodiversity and capable of capturing 85,000 tonnes of carbon during that time.
  • Additionally, the project will create 5 nature corridors, enabling an increase in the endangered Marsican bear population, plus recovery of wolf and lynx populations, as well as other wildlife, big and small.
  • The project will establish an entrepreneurial community carbon scheme to replace lost agricultural income for local farmers.

Read more about our Nature & Carbon Corridors project here.

In partnership with both Rewilding Europe and South Pole we will fully compensate for the carbon emitted by all of our adventures, including the flights we sell. Find out more here.

Reaching out

We continue to support and advocate for climate action and biodiversity protection with all of our partners, opting to work with those with more developed climate action plans.

However, we know we can’t tackle an issue of this size and complexity on our own; we need to work together across the tourism industry to share knowledge and advocate for change. We have joined other travel companies in declaring a climate emergency. As one of the pledge’s founding signatories, we sit on the Tourism Declares voluntary board, with a responsibility for helping to engage and support the wider sector in climate change action.

We are also part of ABTA’s sustainable travel working group, collaborating and sharing learnings with fellow travel companies to accelerate sector-wide carbon reduction.

 

We don’t have all the answers yet and recognise we have a big challenge ahead, but we commit to keeping you updated on the progress of our climate action. We also welcome your comments, ideas and questions: [email protected]

People, Planet & Places plan

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our People, Places & Planet plan focuses on six UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 8 - Decent work and economic growth

Goal 11 - Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 12 - Responsible consumption and production

Goal 13 - Climate action

Goal 14 - Life below water

Goal 15 - Life on land

 

Our priority impact areas

We reached out to our team, clients and partners on the ground to understand which areas of social and environmental impact Exodus Travels should prioritise. Consequently, the priority focuses of our People, Places & Planet plan are community economic empowerment, wildlife and biodiversity, waste reduction, and climate change action. Find out more about the plan here 

 

 

 

 

Exodus Travels Foundation

Our Foundation enables us to extend our vision of harnessing the positive power of travel for the people and places we visit. Thanks to the generosity of our clients and partners, we support many community-based projects in hard-to-reach destinations. Read more about our Foundation’s work here