2018 was the fourth warmest year on record, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a stark warning on the consequences of global temperature increases of more than 1.5°C. Climate change is boosting extreme weather events, with severe heatwaves, wildfires and flooding making the transition to a more sustainable future integral to the survival of every business.
We take our responsibility to help preserve the world’s natural and cultural assets very seriously. That’s why we made a commitment to tackle climate change through the development of our Carbon Management Program.
As part of our Carbon Management Program, we offset the carbon emissions from our global business offices and the emission created on our trips. Through these offsets, significant monetary contributions are made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travellers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects.
We offset our carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits associated with a range of renewable energy projects. We have identified six key international projects that we will purchase carbon credits with from 2018-2020.
Our current carbon reduction projects
Fighting Fire With Fire, Arnhem Land, Australia
Savanna burning projects, like this one, reduce GHG emissions by undertaking cool, lower intensity fires in the early dry season when the vegetation still contains some moisture from the wet season.
Rainforest Rehab, Malaysian Borneo
This project works to replant trees and avoid deforestation of the natural jungle and prevent palm oil plantations being planted. This all contributes to helping sustain the local wildlife.
Winds of Change, Tamil Nadu, India
This project runs 84 wind turbines that have been installed on areas of land sold to the project by a collective of farmers.
Landscape Livelihoods, Malawi, East Africa
This project empowers over 220,000 local villages to reduce deforestation and protect 170,000 hectares of forest in East Africa, by building more sustainable sources of income.
Lungs of the Planet, Madre De Dios, Peru
This project conserves the forest area and prevents illegal logging in Madre De Dios, Peru. It also supports the long-term wellbeing of rural communities dependent on subsistence.
Winds of Change, Turkey
This project consists of 20 wind power turbines installed in the country, which generate about 109.9 GWh of annual electricity for the local electricity market. It has the added benefit of creating more than 60 local jobs in the community too.