Represented by Lucy Siebert, Global Corporate Communications Manager
How does your organisation address climate change?
Intrepid Travel has been a carbon-neutral business since 2010 and in 2018 became the world’s largest travel business to be certified B Corp. This means we meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. We’re seeing many more companies committing to carbon neutrality.
But based on the facts we know today; we would be lying to ourselves if we were to continue as though being carbon neutral is enough for the travel industry. Over the last 15-years, the need for climate action has grown more obvious year on year. Not only is the climate crisis leading to extreme weather events that threaten people and wildlife the world over, but it is a significant threat to our business. So many of the destinations we love may well be destroyed by drought, fire, or other weather events over the next decade.
In January 2020, we declared a climate emergency with Tourism Declares, a global collective of tourism businesses, organisations, and individuals who have pledged urgent action on climate change. Intrepid Travel is the first global tour operator with verified science-based carbon emission targets in line with a 1.5°C future, which means we will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions at the pace and scale that science says is necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C across our operations and supply chain.
Intrepid Travel's seven-point climate commitment plan:
- Measure our emissions
- Offset 125% of our emissions in 2020
- Set a science-based target to reduce emissions
- Transition to 100% renewable energy in offices by 2025 and on trips by 2030
- Invest in green deposits
- Empower women and strive for social justice
- Invest in research and innovative solutions Intrepid Travel reports annually via its integrated annual report
What is your organisation doing to create a better future?
Business has a vital role to play in helping limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C and building the net-zero carbon economy of the future. As such, Intrepid Travel is committed to decarbonising its business by reducing emissions from its trips and global operations. In January 2020, Intrepid Travel published its seven-point climate commitment plan, and in October 2020, Intrepid Travel became the first global tour operator with approved science-based targets, verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
To reach its 2035 target, Intrepid Travel has committed to reducing absolute scope 1 (direct emissions) and scope 2 (emissions from heat and electricity) greenhouse gas emissions 71% by 2035 from a 2018 base year. Intrepid Travel also committed to reducing scope 3 (value chain emissions) greenhouse gas emissions from its offices by 34% per full-time employee and from its trips by 56% per passenger day over the same period.
Read more about Intrepid Travel’s climate commitments here.