As China, the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide makes a record-breaking shift away from coal towards renewable power, leading adventure travel company, World Expeditions, is urging the travel industry to do more to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Renewables 2016 Global Status Report, more than 63 GW of wind power capacity was added around the world in 2015, with China adding a staggering 30.8 GW. This is more wind capacity than the entire EU region.
World Expeditions Responsible Tourism Manager, Donna Lawrence, says the travel industry should be doing more to follow China’s example.
“China is fast becoming the leader in the race to a renewable future, directing billions of dollars into the clean energy sector, namely wind and solar energy,” Ms Lawrence said.
“A renewable energy future is a critical step for the health of our planet, with the goal to limit global warming to the two degree threshold identified by scientists.
“Unfortunately, it’s estimated that tourism, one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors of the world, accounts for between five and 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
“And, according to Air Transport Action Group, the global aviation industry produces around two percent of all human-induced CO2 emissions.
“While airlines are making concerted efforts to reduce air emissions and be more fuel efficient, travellers booking flights also have a part to play in the transition to clean energy.
“By offsetting air travel emissions and supporting wind farm projects travellers directly supports the transition to a cleaner energy future.
“At World Expeditions, we offer travellers the opportunity to offset some or all of the carbon produced by their air travel.
“When purchasing carbon credits on behalf of our travellers we opt specifically for wind power projects, because these projects provide a sustainable source of energy to meet growing global demand and they reduce the need for fossil fuels. We are currently supporting wind farms in China, Turkey and India”.
For the past seven years World Expeditions has purchased carbon credits from Climate Friendly, a leading provider of sustainability solutions and services.
According to Key Account Manager, Robert Brown, Climate Friendly has an international client base with its projects spanning wind, solar, small hydro and sustainable biomass across Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as Australia.
“Climate Friendly have proudly partnered with World Expeditions since 2009, to promote responsible travel, and enable their clients to act on climate change,” Mr Brown, said.
“Carbon offsetting, alongside the mitigation strategies that are being put in place by the tourism industry, is a small price to pay to protect the beauty and diversity of the world we love to explore,” he said.
“For as little as AU$22.00, travellers can offset one tonne of carbon when booking flights with World Expeditions, supporting the planet’s transition to renewable energy.”