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10 of the Best Travel Companies Committed to Climate Action | Green trip

Excursions to the highlands fund rural and tree-planting projects

Rather than return the carbon issue to customers, the Scottish minibus tour operator Rabbie you tax yourself £ 10 for every ton of carbon your trips produce. Since 2008 this has raised £ 120,000 for community and environmental projects, voted for by the team. Projects include the Staffin Community Trust, a charity that improves the financial prospects for Skye’s Gaelic heart; Rabbie’s team has provided practical and financial help to build walking trails and plant trees. Rabbie’s prides itself on striking the balance between the carbon efficiency of coach travel and the agility of autonomous driving – accessing rural communities that need income from tourism. A comprehensive environmental and no-trace policy includes modern fuel-efficient vehicles, roadside garbage collection, and minibus washing where runoff is controlled.
Rabbie’s five-day Highland Explorer travels through Skye and the far north of Scotland from £ 249 per person;

Walking in the Apennines, Italy

Rewilding Apennines removes the barbed wire to create wildlife corridors.
Rewilding Apennines removes the barbed wire to create wildlife corridors. Photography: Bruno D’Amicis / Rewilding Europe

As part of its growing offering of nature-based experiences close to home, Exodus has launched a new walking tour to see conservation in action with reconstruction expert Mario Cipollini in the Italian Apennines. The trip is a manifestation of Exodus’ climate plan, Planet Promise, which includes a partnership with Rewilding Europe and the goal of being a purely positive nature by 2024. For every customer who books a trip with Exodus (regardless of destination), 100 meters squares of The land of the Italian Apennines will go crazy. The plan also aims to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 by increasing train travel, travel closer to home and plant-based food options.
The six-day Rewilding the Apennines tour costs from £ 2,099 per person;

Brecon Beacon Stump Up for Trees Hotels

Glyphs. Photograph: Chris Howes / Wild Places Photography / Alamy

Room for Trees was the brainchild of James Suter, owner of the Gliffaes Hotel, a 33-acre (13-hectare) wildlife refuge and arboretum on the River Usk in the Black Mountains. The hotel donates £ 1 for each night booked to Stump Up for Trees – a small charity that has set out to plant over 1 million trees in the highlands of Wales. So far, Gliffaes, together with the Angel Hotel in Abergavenny, have raised over £ 10,000. The money will go to the Stump Up for Trees pilot project, which will plant 130,000 native broadleaf trees on common lands in Bryn Arw. It is the first tree plant on common lands in Wales and is run by 7th generation Black Mountains farmer Keith Powell.
Double rooms at Gliffaes Hotel from £ 165;

Low carbon travel, Scotland and beyond

A pristine lake on a Much Better Adventures trip.
A pristine lake on a much better adventure trip

Much better adventuresCo-founder Alex Narracott has spent one day a week since 2019 establishing Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency, a platform that inspires climate action across the travel industry. “The tourism industry did not have a clear and unified commitment to climate actions that aligned with the scientific consensus; we wanted to change that, ”Alex tells us. Currently, Tourism Declares has more than 400 signatories spread over 60 countries; The initiative has shaped the Glasgow Declaration, calling on the tourism industry to achieve a 50% reduction by 2030 by Cop26. Much Better Adventures’ carbon labeling methodology is open source, so other companies can refer to it or take advantage of it. Alex says, “Our trips are already low carbon, but tagging has given us a great way to engage with suppliers and reduce even more.”
One of Much Better Adventures’ lowest carbon trips is a four night, 100km canoe expedition through Scotland from £ 590 per person;

Saving oaks with Canopy & Stars

Sawday's, Canopy & Stars walking
Sawday’s aims to plant 1 million trees by 2025

Employee majority owned and recently awarded Best for the World B Corp in the worker category, owner of Canopy & Stars Sawday’s is recognized for social sustainability. Since 2019, the company has also committed to climate action with the goal of planting 1 million trees by 2025 with the TreeSisters charity to revive habitats in the tropics while creating local jobs (one tree is donated for each reserve) . Closer to home, Sawday’s charitable foundation has also purchased and planted 8,000 Save the Oaks trees, a campaign to save 750,000 oak saplings that will be destroyed after a failed government planting plan. Work is underway to reduce carbon emissions, including initiatives such as partnering with Ecotricity to offer homeowners the best rates and ensure 95% of suppliers meet high environmental standards.
Save the Oaks saplings have been planted in Colony forests, Herefordshire, which has a tree house for two £ 182 per night;

Tour operators compete to create rail itineraries

Barcelona's France Station.
Barcelona’s France Station. Photograph: Manuel Measure / Getty Images

Flightless travel is becoming more widespread, with many tour operators building rail itineraries to reduce carbon emissions. The last one is Discover the world, which has launched 13 flights and car-free trips to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Alps and even the Arctic. To explore! (which has recently partnered with Rewilding Britain as part of its climate action plan) has two new London2 trips: one to Poland via Berlin and one to Istanbul, while the operator has no flight Byway has partnered with Mossy Earth to plant trees in the Scottish Highlands when someone refers a friend. pure adventure, a B Corporation and one of the first UK operators to tag all travel, including flights, has created a series of non-flight holidays to Spain. Responsible travel, which sells trips made by other local companies and partners, is creating more rail itineraries and eliminating trips that include flights of less than an hour.
Responsible Travel trips include a Seven-day London to Croatia £ 950 break,

AliKats Mountain Holidays Greener Ski Trips, Alps

Chalet-de-l'Ange, AliKats Holidays in the mountains
Chalet-de-l’Ange, Morzine, AliKats Holidays in the mountains

Skiing is not synonymous with low-impact travel, especially as Europe’s most beloved glaciers increasingly bear the scars of the climate crisis. Based on morzine AliKats mountain vacationHowever, it is trying to tackle the climate crisis from all angles. As part of the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency movement, owners Al and Kat draw attention to the fact that snow cover is projected to decrease by 35% by 2035. To achieve the net zero carbon target by 2022 , AliKats chalets are powered by 100% renewable energy, primarily derived from dams fed by rivers rather than dams fed by more damaging reservoirs. Menus are less meat-oriented and a fleet of electric vehicles moves guests around resorts. Train travel is encouraged, suppliers are local wherever possible, and a permaculture garden will help the company adopt a circular food economy.
Chalet de l’Ange for 14 people and costs from £ 656 per person for a week, including five nights of catering;

Renewable and Sustainable Housing, Cotswold / Dorset

Silverlake, Dorset.
Silverlake, Dorset. Photography: Martin Bennett

Habitat first It is not an ordinary development company. Established by the Paxton family 25 years ago, it builds eco-friendly vacation homes on formerly abandoned sites, including a former quarry in Silverlake, Dorset. Reviving natural habitats is central to the mission of the company, overseen by an on-site ecologist, Dr. Phoebe Carter. “We are recreating lost habitats both on a micro and large scale,” he says. “Work to create our 90 hectare Biodiverse Heart is underway in Silverlake, with a variety of islands built to accommodate a variety of waterfowl, new lowland heath plantations and lots of tree planting.” Both Silverlake and Lower Mill Estate (in the Cotswolds) were the first in the country to be accredited as “Excellent” under the Building With Nature accreditation scheme.
Habitat Escapes offers a self-catering three-night stay at Water Garden 9, Cotswolds, accommodating up to eight of $ 105 per person ;

‘Vacation companies must go beyond compensation’

An intrepid journey in Kornati, Croatia
An intrepid journey in Kornati, Croatia

Bold has been carbon neutral since 2010. In 2020, it also became the first tour operator in the world to get verified science-based climate targets (in line with a 1.5 degree future), meaning experts Independent companies have approved their carbon reduction across the company. plan. Financing of natural carbon sinks has played an important role; Since 2019, the Intrepid Foundation has helped raise A $ 600,000 (£ 328,000) to develop Australia’s first offshore seaweed project and is now donating A $ 80,000 to Blue Carbon Lab’s work to restore coastal wetlands in the outskirts of Melbourne. Yet reflecting on a move toward decarbonisation, the launch of more domestic travel, and the elimination of all flights shorter than 90 minutes, CEO James Thornton acknowledges that “as an industry, we must go beyond compensation.” .
The five days of Intrepid Sibenik and the Kornati islands in Croatia trip was developed in association with the IUCN will support nature conservation and the costs of £ 830 per person;

Green Dining is the Future, North Yorkshire Raithwaite Sandsend

In recent years, Toby Hunter and his sons Max and Ollie have breathed a new and greener life into Raithwaite Sandsend hotel and spa, on a 19th century estate between the coast and moors in North Yorkshire. As a MasterChef finalist and former owner of Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire, Ollie knows a thing or two about sustainable food, and food has led Raithwaite’s eco-friendly approach. The redesigned menus offer reduced meat and put vegetarian options at the top, which has increased their popularity. The products are 100% organic and seasonal, and the team is working to source 80% of the products within a 30-mile radius; a new series of orchards and polytunnels on site will help. Also on the way is a self-sustaining forest garden, including 50 fruit trees.
Double rooms at Raithwaite Sandsend from £ 140;

Holly Tuppen’s book, Sustainable Travel: The Essential Guide to Positive Impact Adventures, is published by Quarto (£ 18)

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