In 2017 we introduced our first carbon offset holidays. Following a successful launch (181 tonnes of carbon was offset) we now solely provide carbon offset ski holidays, making us the first Scandinavian specialist tour operator to do so.
How skiScandinavia deliver carbon offset holidays?
We're able to deliver these holidays by covering the cost to offset the per-person carbon footprint of all our holidays. This year we are aiming to offset our carbon through two Quality Assurance Standard (QAS) projects:
- Protecting the Amazon from deforestation (click here for more information)
- Clean drinking water in Northern Ethiopia (click here for more information)
These certified carbon offsetting projects have been chosen by skiScandinavia and our customers to match our values and provide real and significant improvements here in the UK and in developing countries.
What we have achieved so far
Since we started in 2017 we have offset 1,249 tonnes of carbon. The projects we have supported since 2017 include:
- UK Tree Planting
- Protecting the Amazon
- Uganda Clean Drinking Water
- China Solar Cooking
- Sudan Cookstoves
- Solar Energy Projects in India
All that has:
- Reduced the impact of our holidays on the climate and environment
- Provided social and environmental improvements on a global and local scale
- Locked away carbon in trees
- Reduced the amount of carbon released from fossil fuels
We hope that you will stand with skiScandinavia in helping to protect Scandinavia, the UK and the global environment by choosing to travel with us and enjoy an exceptional, carbon offset ski holiday.
Supporters of the 'Freedom Flight Prize'
The Freedom Flight Prize supports the first transatlantic passenger flight powered by 100% renewable energy. As sponsors of this prize, we share the vision of accelerating the development of truly sustainable aviation.
Why skiScandinavia offer carbon neutral holidays?
Scandinavia has a reputation as an environmentally responsible region, and as specialists in this area skiScandinavia have decided to make similar commitments to the environment, climate and the future of the snow sports industry.
There is a significant carbon footprint associated with travel, most notably greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. Greenhouse gas driven climate change is a prominent issue in polar climates, which cover large areas of Scandinavia. Winter snow sports and ski resorts are especially susceptible to minor changes in climate due to their reliance on certain temperatures for natural snow-fall and artificial snow-making.
By offering carbon offset holidays, we can help protect our destinations for current beneficiaries – our customers, local residents and regional flora and fauna – and also help to preserve these beautiful places, and the fantastic sports that they provide a platform for, for future generations.
How carbon offsetting works?
Carbon emissions do not respect international borders; as the CO2 enters the atmosphere, it spreads out. This means that 1 tonne of CO2 emissions savings in Uganda are the same as 1 tonne CO2 savings in London or Oslo. This is the reason why we can compensate carbon emissions by supporting projects in other nations.
Individual carbon offset projects across the globe are rigorously inspected and audited regularly to assure that they are generating carbon reductions; carbon credits are only issued once these savings have been made. These carbon credits are used to offset the unavoidable emissions of other organisations, like skiScandinavia, to whom the carbon credits are sold (‘carbon offsetting’). Once a carbon credit has been sold, it is retired to encourage offsetting projects to expand and improve.
How you can help?
By booking your ski holiday with skiScandinavia you can be proud to travel responsibly.
We hope that you will stand with skiScandinavia in helping to protect Scandinavia, the UK and the global environment by choosing to travel with us and enjoy an exceptional, carbon offset skiing holiday.
If you’re looking for things to do in your everyday life there are other easy ways that you can reduce and offset your contribution to global climate change. You can start by calculating your personal carbon footprint and by finding ways to reduce and/or offset this. This could be something as simple and fun as cycling to school with your children, supporting a local reforestation project or choosing a different energy supplier. Reducing your carbon contribution to global climate change can be a fun and positive thing for you and your family, and now, thanks to skiScandinavia and your commitment to us, even includes enjoying fantastic skiing holidays.