winning with carbon neutral travel

sunrise in cape town south africaIntrepid aimed to be carbon neutral in 2010 and we did it! We know that travel can leave a very heavy carbon footprint, so to take responsibility for our actions we currently offset the carbon produced by our trips, offices and flights. Intrepid invests in three internationally accredited Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) compliant projects based in some of our most popular destinations…

– Brazil: Biomass Utilisation project focuses on a ceramics plant ceasing the use of native wood by switching to renewable biomass use, e.g. sawdust, sugar cane bagasse and peanut shells. Previously the factory consumed about 24,000 tonnes of native wood per year, which was adding to the significant deforestation problem in Brazil.

– India: Bargaran Mini Hydro project has resulted in clean and reliable power now being available to the villages and new, non-rural jobs have been created. Prior to the project many of the surrounding communities relied on burning forest wood for their heating requirements.

– Vietnam: Rice Husk Biomass project is a small 8MW hydropower project in the Western Central Highlands. The Project also involves the construction of a new 3km road and directly supplies the clean electricity to 50 households living nearby the project.

These projects not only offset Intrepid’s emissions but offer infrastructure development and environmental benefits for local communities. The projects provide an alternative to fossil fuels, generate local employment and increase energy availability to local residents. For more info on Intrepid’s Carbon Management Plan please visit our website.

* Photo: Ebony Preece

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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