Better Places Travel is committed to making your journey as carbon neutral as possible. 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 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 Travel compensates emissions by 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.
Better Places Travel 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 Travel 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 Travel. 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
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.
beyond offsetting: reducing emissions
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. While CO2 compensation is a vital measure, there are many other ways to reduce the CO2 emissions of your trip:
- Think about taking an overseas trip less often
- When making an overseas trip, try to go for as long as possible
- Take the train rather than flying if and when possible
- Make use of direct flights
- Limit the number of domestic flights on destination
Let’s work together to ensure “better places to live in, and better places to visit”, and in that order!
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