Having an accurate measurement for the carbon footprint of each of our trips is just the first piece in this puzzle. We are now able to identify where the emissions come from on each trip and work out how we can reduce them. Often this might be through simple tweaks such as using a public bus for an excursion, reducing emissions and offering a chance to interact with the local community at the same time. Rather than changing suppliers, we will be working collaboratively with our partners and providers – to educate them and help them to make positive changes over the next 12-24 months. We’ll also continue to measure, and to measure even more accurately as we start to log the types of fuels used by individual vehicles, for example, or recalculating meals for tours where we know largely vegetarian food is served.
As per our commitment to the Glasgow Declaration, we aim to reduce Explore’s footprint by 50% by 2030, and to achieve net zero as soon as possible - at least before 2050.
As ever, we aim to be completely transparent with the actions we take – where we have successes and where we fall short – and to communicate our journey every step of the way.