When booking through Better Places, you are travelling carbon neutral. We compensate not only the In-destination travel you book through us, but also the emissions of the international flight you took to reach your destination – ensuring complete peace of mind when you travel. To properly compensate all emissions, we used an award-winning carbon calculator for each leg of the journey. Better Places makes your trip carbon neutral by taking the mission calculation and investing that money in more efficient cooking stoves in Ghana.
How does CO2 compensation work?
CO2 compensation is the mechanism used to neutralize a certain amount of CO2 emissions by reducing the same amount of emissions in a different location. This happens though a system of booking and purchasing emission reduction certificates (CO2 credits) in sustainable projects abroad. These projects ensure that the emission of greenhouse gases such as CO2 is prevented or that CO2 is neutralized in the atmosphere.
There is no denying that long distance travel means an automatic increase in your carbon footprint, but it’s possible to make that footprint as small as possible. Choosing direct flights and limiting internal flights helps reduce emissions.
Better Places used CARMACAL, an award-winning carbon management tool for tour operators, to map the carbon emissions of our trips. The emissions from in-destination travel booked through Better Places amount to approximately 25% of the total journey, whereas emissions from your international flight are responsible for about 75%. Using CARMACAL, we were able to calculate the average emission of an Better Places journey, including international flights, at 2.7 tons per person. This is a significant amount considering the average western person produces between 7 and 15 tons of CO2 per person in an entire year. This is why we are determined to compensate for all emissions caused by travel booked through Better Places.
Compensating CO2 emissions
We want to be future-proof, offering local, authentic, responsible long-distance travel experiences for many years to come, which is why we have chosen to fully compensate all emissions caused by travel booked through Better Places. We compensate not only the in-destination travel you book through us, but also the emissions from the flight you took to reach your destination – all at no additional cost to you, the traveller.
Efficient cooking stoves in Ghana
In order to compensate the CO2 emissions of all our travels, we have chosen to invest in a project in Ghana that satisfies the worldwide Gold Standard. Many households cook on charcoal in Ghana, which contributes to deforestation. The project we sponsor ensures production of energy-efficient cooking stoves that use 25 % less charcoal. Cooking becomes cleaner, resulting in less smoke and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about these cleaner-burning stoves below:
There are several well-known international standards for CO2 compensation, such as CDM, VCS, CarbonFix, and the Gold Standard. These all guarantee that the CO2 compensation projects are subject to a series of controls, checks and balances. Every standard has its own unique characteristics; one focuses more on the social aspects of the project, another on sustainability or future-proofing.
The cooking stoves project in Ghana meets the Gold Standard, which guarantees that the project in question is advantageous to both the environment and the local population. The Gold Standard is currently the highest standard for CO2 rights, developed in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund. The founders were looking for a new voluntary-compensation market standard that was less bureaucratic than the others. They also wanted to stimulate smaller projects in developing countries so they could also benefit from emission compensation.