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 the Planet pillar of our plan.

We know that travel not only enriches lives and supports communities, but it also provides an incentive to protect the world’s most beautiful landscapes and intriguing cultures. We also know that if we don’t do everything we can now to protect the planet we love, we may irrecoverably damage the very things we travel for.

And the Planet pillar of our People, Places & Planet plan focuses on our climate change action; how we’re going to cut our carbon footprint, help protect the global biodiversity which captures carbon from the atmosphere, support innovation to create longer-term solutions, and collaborate to accelerate change.

 

Reducing our footprint

We are developing a Climate Change Action Plan with a science-based target to halve our carbon footprint per client by 2030.

Here are some of the ways we’ll work towards this goal:

  • We are in the process of measuring the carbon footprint of each of our offices and all of our trips to better inform our carbon reduction efforts. We will be reporting on this carbon footprint annually from 2020 onwards.
  • We already strive to offer lower carbon adventures in the following ways, and will continue to expand these efforts across our trips:
    • Opting for lower impact in-country transportation, and offering an extensive range of ‘self-powered’ holidays!
    • Favouring smaller, locally-run accommodation and eco-hotels, versus big hotel chains which have a bigger impact on the surrounding environments.
    • Choosing accommodation and restaurants using locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
    • Ensuring there are always vegetarian – if not vegan - options available in the places we take our clients.
  • We are currently working on better enabling our clients to make lower carbon choices on their travels. Read more about taking the train to our destinations here.
  • We are proactively reducing the number of flights the Exodus team take, incentivising the use of alternative modes of transport.
  • Our cross-company Climate Change Action Working Group is helping implement our plan across the business and engage staff in helping reduce our footprint.

 

Protecting biodiversity

Our Climate Change Action Plan focuses first and foremost on carbon emission reductionover and above 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 capturing the carbon we emit.

So on the basis of our carbon footprint measurement, we will be investing in carbon mitigation projects which protect biodiversity now, and aim to capture an equivalent amount of carbon over time.

We currently fund such projects in Finland and India, but look forward to keeping our community updated as we expand this support to other parts of the world.

 

Collaborating for change and supporting innovation

We know we can’t tackle an issue of this size and complexity on our own; we need to work together across the sector, and with other sectors, to share knowledge and advocate for change.

  • We have joined other travel companies across the sector in declaring a climate emergency. As one of the pledge’s founding signatories, we will 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 part of both ABTA and AITO’s sustainable travel working groups, collaborating and sharing learnings with fellow travel companies to accelerate sector-wide carbon reduction.
  • During 2020, we will be putting our voice and our funding support behind campaigns and projects accelerating the progress towards low-carbon flying.

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 change action. We also welcome your comments, ideas and questions: [email protected]

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