From 2018 onwards we have compensated all carbon emissions* from our tours in our destinations, through a large tree planting program**. Previously, from 2016 onwards our internal carbon had already been off-set as well.
*Note: For Malaysia, this applies as per 2020
Our program, which is located in West Kalimantan, operated on the principle of a “forest garden” This forest-garden will provide the farmers with and additional daily livelihood source, whilst planting trees to offset the co2. Moreover, this approach prevent the destruction of nature as the farmers do not need to clear existing forest for their daily income. Normally in this region, land is developed on a post-harvest rice field. Some trees are planted (garden) and some other trees are growing naturally (forest) hence the name forest garden.
Over the years we have financed more than 85.000 planted trees.
Although out trips are carbon neutral, travelers will still emit carbon throughout their travels. Hence, this is why we have a carbon offset project. Furthermore, we assist our travelers in choosing options in their trip which minimize their carbon footprint. Such as: Train journeys, trekking, camping, re-usable water bottles. Additionally, we promote carbon reducing measures to our partners such as trainings, education and microloans for sustainable investments. Internally, we take actions such as refillable bottles, plastic lunch boxes, less air conditioning and much more
Offsetting carbon emissions is a way to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions to zero through planting trees which over their lifetime stores CO2 from the atmosphere in the growth of trees. So while we cannot avoid emissions at one point, we take counter act or offset them with these activities and our program as mentioned above.
Our carbon offset program, will offset more than 1250 tons of CO2 emissions per year through the almost 10.000 travelers per year for whom we organize the tours through our beautiful destinations.
This includes, but is not limited to: