We off-set 100% of the carbon footprint generated by our client and staff flights - and also ground transportation - through our financing of large reforestation projects around the world.
Through our participation - alongside eight European groups - in the new €100m Livelihoods Carbon Fund, we aim to fight global warming by taking a highly practical approach aimed at having a strong local social and economic impact. We believe that we are the first company in the UK travel market to be taking such a step.
Today, air transport accounts for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. While technological advances should hopefully allow us to travel cleanly in future, currently the best solution (while continuing to travel) is to absorb the CO2 emissions generated by travel through tree planting. By financing reforestation projects around the world, Original Travel and the wider Voyageurs du Monde group contributes to the absorption of carbon dioxide worldwide. Together the group plants 4,000 trees per day, which equates to 1.5 million trees a year.
Each trip has a measurable impact on global warming. We evaluate the amount of CO2 emissions related to each of our travellers and work out the number of trees that need to be planted to absorb the correct amount of CO2.
According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), we need to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030 to stay below the critical threshold of global warming (+1.5 ° C). The aim is then to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 - an ambitious goal but one that is achievable if all countries and industries begin taking action today.