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Climate Action

Because it is in our DNA, and we've been fighting for the freedom to act in accordance with our values

Fair Voyage exists to co-create a peaceful and sustainable world through travel, that’s our mission. To us, positive climate action is not only something we do following market pressure, but because it is in our DNA, our social and environmental responsibility as part of our core company values.

We have fundamentally structured our legal company objectives, shareholder structure, and—during the pandemic, once again—revised our business model to ensure that we have the freedom to stay clear of legal, financial, personal, business, or other conflicts of interest and remain aligned with our vision for the peaceful and sustainable world that we want to live in.

On this page, we have summarized our climate actions for you. It is important and urgent that we keep this dialogue going and collaborate on finding the best solutions. For questions or suggestions, to arrange an interview, or request our participation with a public panel or open dialogue with your audience, please email support@fairvoyage.com

How does Fair Voyage minimize my climate footprint?

In addition to sourcing independently verified responsible suppliers, Fair Voyage also commits to offset the carbon and greenhouse gas ("GHG") footprint of your travels.

However, we wanted to do it the right way, not just the easy way. When we started our research in early 2019, we were not able to locate any reputable and transparent studies comparing GHG calculators, fair offset prices, or most meaningful green technology investments. As we did not want to risk participating with "greenwashing", we initiated our own research in collaboration with the University of Lucerne. See the resulting research report on The Impact of Flying and How It Can Be Mitigated.

We then went on to further shortlist the most accurate and conservative GHG calculation and offset solutions for final implementation, and ran a test API implementation in collaboration with Compensaid, a Lufthansa Innovation Hub startup powered by MyClimate, in autumn 2020. You can check our carbon calculator illustration.

Due to the prolonged impact of COVID-19 for our destinations, we decided to postpone the final technical implementation in order to free up resources for more urgent sustainability priorities in the near-term. We now expect to be able to implement fully automated mandatory GHG offsets and re-investments for of all our trips by the end of 2021, whereby our implementation will cover the entire impact of our trips—including international flights, accommodations and local transportation.

To offset the impact, we re-invest in a select portfolio of climate protection projects in our destinations that meet highest globally recognized standards as curated by MyClimate or Atmosfair, as well as offer our travelers the possibility to invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel. More details coming soon.

Meanwhile, should you wish to book a trip and be sure to minimize your footprint, simply request your personalized and fully transparent calculation, and we will help offset your GHG emissions for you.

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Our Research on the Impact of Flying and How to Mitigate It

When we started our research in early 2019, we were not able to locate any reputable and transparent studies comparing GHG calculators, fair offset prices, or most meaningful green technology investments. As we did not want to risk participating with “greenwashing”, we initiated our own research in collaboration with the University of Lucerne. See the resulting research report on The Impact of Flying and How It Can Be Mitigated.

Carbon Offset and Sustainable Aviation Fuel Cost Calculator

Test our carbon calculator illustration to see how we calculate the total impact of our trips, including flights, accommodation and local transport, and compare the offset cost of your own trip using conventional CO2 market prices versus investing into Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

Only by uniting forces and creating sustainable global baseline standards where we can all work together towards our shared vision, we can transform travel into a force for good whilst safeguarding our planet. In line with our mission, Fair Voyage also supports the Tourism Declares A Climate Emergency initiative:

Our Climate Emergency Declaration

Fair Voyage was amongst the first travel agency to sign and support the Tourism Declares A Climate Emergency initiative in early 2020. As a result, we have publicly committed, and remain committed, to the following five actions:

  1. Developing a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ detailing our planned response.
  2. Transparently sharing progress publicly every year.
  3. Ensuring our plan focuses on cutting carbon emissions, in line with current advice from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stating that, by 2030, we need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below their 2017 levels to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming.
  4. Working together with competitors, suppliers and partners to share best practice and grow the community.
  5. Advocating for system change across the industry and calling for urgent regulatory action to accelerate the transition towards zero carbon air travel.

Our Climate Emergency Action Plan

Open Collaboration

We encourage and highly value open dialogue and cross-sectoral collaboration to gain valuable insights on what action and measures we can take to alter the negative impact of travel and increase the positive impact tourism can have. We work together with experienced professors and reputable universities to research the potential of carbon offsetting and we get expert views to find the best solution on the type of trips we want to promote.

Emphasize Slow Travel

We encourage travellers to travel less, stay at least two weeks in a destination and make their trip count. All our tours are operated by socially and environmentally responsible local partners that work hard to empower local communities, conservation projects, education, infrastructure and much more through the revenues coming from tourism.

Promote Green Destinations

Eco-tourism can be a force for good to restore and protect our biodiversity and forests that are so vital for a healthy climate and our global sustainability. We will collaborate with Green Destinations and similar sustainable destination initiatives globally to promote the world's most sustainable eco-tourism projects and help travellers contribute directly to biodiversity conservation when travelling.

Help Travelers Offset

As we acknowledge the environmental impact of travel, we offer our travellers the service to offset the carbon and total greenhouse gas emission impact of their trip. However, we wanted to do it the right way, not just the easy way. That's why we initiated detailed research already back in 2019, with the aim to implement the most accurate and conservative carbon and greenhouse gas ("GHG") calculation and offset solutions, covering the entire impact of our trips—including international flights, accommodations and local transportation. We have shortlisted the best solution and tested a prototype in 2020. We are currently in the process of automating in our system and making fully transparent to you the impact and offset price paid by us for each of our trips when booked with us.

Raising Awareness

We participate in lobbying by speaking at events and signing pledges to bring attention to important topics or issues to address within the tourism industry. We also share relevant information on our social media channels and other communication channels.

Sustainable Sourcing

We believe that independent sustainability audits and certifications are the only way to implement sustainability in a transparent way. At Fair Voyage, we only promote verified socially and environmentally responsible suppliers. As part of our Terms of Business, suppliers commit to become independently audited for sustainability by a curated certification body such as those accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Tourism touches all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set by the United Nations (UN) – from sustainable local economic development that empowers tourism workers and local communities, via conservation of nature and wildlife, through to climate action.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), created by UN agencies and prominent international conservation NGOs, has developed and manages a comprehensive set of global sustainability standards for travel and tourism. The GSTC Criteria align with all 17 SDGs. The GSTC also accredits certification bodies for conducting independent audits consistent with the GSTC Criteria.

This means that suppliers audited by a GSTC accredited certification body can reliably prove that they are operating consistent with all SDGs. Therefore, we believe that GSTC accredited certifications are the best and only way to verify the holistic implementation of sustainability on a global scale.

As a conscious traveler and conscious global citizen, it is your responsibility to challenge our work, statements and assumptions. Here we have summarized our answers to some of the most critical and frequently asked questions for you:

How can travelling long-distance be sustainable at all?

Are you wondering: Can travelling overseas be sustainable at all? Greenhouse gas emissions caused by flying contribute to global warning. Climate Action is the most urgent of all Sustainable Development Goals – we agree! We also agree that the tourism industry is a major contributor to climate change, and that much of tourism – as practiced nowadays – might be causing more harm than good.

Unfortunately, the same applies to almost all industries, because we do not pay the real costs for the products and services that we consume. There is no doubt that we all need to consume less and more consciously, and that we need to start fair prices.

In travel, this means that we need to travel less, but more consciously. For example, instead of going on frequent weekend trips to crowded cities, take a pro-longed vacation once a year to travel slowly and explore less visited destinations. And it means that we need to pay more to compensate for the effects of GHG emissions and choose more environmentally friendly options, amongst others.

However, this doesn't mean that we need to stop travelling altogether. To the contrary, we live in a complex global system with lots of inter-dependencies. Taking extreme action towards one goal is likely to come with a lot of negative side consequences, that eventually will come to harm that very same goal.

We at Fair Voyage believe sustainable travel is not the problem, but will be part of the solution to mitigate climate change and other urgent problems – by giving local populations a sustainable income source that will help them and us protect and restore a biodiverse nature, and by fostering intercultural understanding for peace and collaboration.

Imagine a local community living in the rainforest. To make a living, they have the option cut down the forest to make use of the land and wood for food production, construction and firewood for heating. Or they might sell their land to agricultural, forestry or mining companies who again will destroy the forest and its biodiversity. All of these outcomes have negative effects for our climate.

Now imagine we can provide an alternative income source to the communities, a source of income that encourages them to protect and restore the forest and biodiversity. What could that be? Sustainable tourism! Imagine communities can make a living from accommodating travellers, guiding us through their biodiverse habitat and helping us experience their traditional ways of living. That way, we can preserve nature, foster mutual understanding, lift everyone out of poverty – and experience a truly enjoyable and sustainable vacation.

The above is just one example how sustainable tourism can be the solution for our climate and sustainable development. We are currently conducting a research project to provide more details, facts and guidelines, including:

  • Tourism as vital source of employment and income, especially for the world's most vulnerable regions
  • Tourism as funding source for conservation and restoration of nature, biodiversity and cultural heritage
  • Tourism as means to foster inter-cultural understanding and compassion, thereby encourage more sustainable behavior and protect world peace
  • How to best calculate and mitigate the GHG emission footprint when travelling

Would you like to contribute or collaborate with us to create more transparency, share relevant research results or create meaningful solutions? Please email partner@fairvoyage.com.

We expect to share our results on the above in 2020, and to implement mandatory GHG offsets by 2021. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on LinkedIn or Facebook to stay updated.

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It is important and urgent that we keep this dialogue going and collaborate on finding the best solutions. For questions or suggestions, to arrange an interview, or request our participation with a public panel or open dialogue with your audience, please email support@fairvoyage.com.