Powering up to protect our planet

Alize Camseki wind farm in Canakkale TurkeySince launching our Carbon Management Plan back in 2007, Intrepid Travel has invested over $1 million in renewable energy projects. For those of you with a head for numbers, that’s 83,613 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions prevented – or the equivalent of taking 9,000+ cars off the road for an entire year!*

At the end of each financial year our Responsible Business gurus get busy measuring the environmental footprint of our offices and trips, introducing energy-saving mechanisms where possible and offsetting those emissions that can’t be avoided through our renewable energy supplier. Frankly, it’s a lot of work. And when the allocated credits have been exhausted we also need to select the project, or projects, that we’ll be supporting for the coming year.

In putting the call out to renewable energy suppliers, prospective projects and partnerships are researched and assessed according to the amount of carbon we’ll be needing to abate, the positive environmental impact the investment will engender and the pricing per tonne. Ideally, we also like the project to be in one of the countries where we send our travellers. So we’re thrilled to announce our latest signing with clean energy consultants Climate Friendly and supporting of the Alize Çamseki wind farm in Çanakkale, Turkey!

Climate Friendly is committed to ensuring the highest standards of quality in the voluntary carbon sector. A founding member of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance, their projects are accredited under the most stringent international standards – meaning an investment is guaranteed to make a real and positive contribution to the fight against climate change.

The project’s 11 wind turbines produce approximately 82,000 MWh of electricity annually; enough to power 41,000 households, and preventing 52,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere every year. As a Gold Standard project, Alize Çamseki not only improves energy security, but the project is regularly measured and verified for the socioeconomic and environmental benefits it provides the nearby villages. Locally the project is known as ‘The Thyme Project’ after the wild thyme that grows in the area which the local shepherds feed to their goats.

Every time you set out on your Intrepid adventure, you can do so in the knowledge that you’re helping to protect and preserve nature’s spoils for generations of travellers to come.

For more information on Intrepid’s carbon management program please click here.

To read more about Climate Friendly projects or calculate and offset the carbon footprint of your own lifestyle, you can visit climatefriendly.com

* Calculations are based on information provided on the Environmental Protection Agency – Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator webpage.

About the author

Jane Crouch - Jane is a responsible business guru who writes about all aspects of how travel can bring positive environmental, social and economic benefits. Informed through travel on seven continents, leading Intrepid trips through SE Asia, work in outdoor education, energy conservation, international development, philanthropy and climate change action, plus a big love of walking, mountains and world music.

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