Climate Action Plan
As an ethical travel company, we have a responsibility to the countries, communities and environments we visit. With this responsibility comes the opportunity to make a genuine difference.
In this time of climate crisis, with pressure on all sectors of the travel industry to look at its practices and help reduce carbon emissions, it has never been more important for us here at Wild Frontiers to re-assess our own responsible travel policies, measure our own footprint and step up our commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
At Wild Frontiers we automatically off-set our clients’ international flights, when booked through us, for 15 years. We were among the first UK-based tour operator to implement this type of initiative in 2005.
In early 2020 we took a more encompassing approach and began focusing on how to reduce our carbon footprint, both operationally in the UK and on the ground in the destinations to which we travel.
With the Coronavirus pandemic bringing travel to a standstill for 18 months, we used the time to assess our processes, talk to potential partners and start to put a more robust carbon reduction management plan in place.
Like many, our traditional working practices have now changed. Downsizing office space and adopting remote and hybrid working has helped to reduce our operational carbon footprint – removing, in some cases quite long staff commutes, and reducing office waste and energy. These are areas we will keep working on, both within the office and now with staff in their home offices.
Continuing to move forward, a major focus of our Climate Action Plan is looking at how to reduce carbon emissions on our group tours and tailor-made holidays. This includes reviewing our product and practices, and working with destination partners to actively implement change, where possible, across areas including transport, accommodation, and food waste.
Signatory - Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism
Committing to this process, we became a launch partner of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. As a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration, which was launched at COP26, Wild Frontiers commits to deliver plans aligned with its pathways to cut tourism emissions in half over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.
Through measuring, reducing and mitigating our carbon emissions, we know we have much to do. Read more.....
Climate Projects & Tree Planting
As a part of our plan, we have partnered with environmental social enterprise, Ecologi, to plant trees and fund carbon reduction projects on behalf of all clients that travel with us. Through our partnership, we will contribute to renewable energy projects in destinations we visit to help offset the carbon emissions created by all of our group tours and tailor-made trips, as well as plant ten trees per person that we take on holiday.
Read more about our partnership and watch our forest grow.
Photo credit: Ecologi / Eden Reforestation Project