Sustainable Travel Policy

 

CONTEXT

The IPCCs 2018 report on Global Warming of 1.5°C makes clear that:

“limiting global warming to 1.5°C with no or limited overshoot would require rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure (including transport and buildings), and industrial systems.  These systems transitions are unprecedented in terms of scale…and imply deep emissions reductions in all sectors”

We are running out of time to make this happen.  

“Avoiding overshoot and reliance on future large-scale deployment of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) can only be achieved if global CO2 emissions start to decline well before 2030”.

  1. That’s less than 9 years from now.  Governments have been talking for 32 years now, since 1979 when the World’s first Climate conference took place. The only solution moving forward is ACTION.  We have decided to step up & really up the size and scale of those steps, joining Tourism Declares in announcing a Climate Emergency in January 2021.  Shortly after we embedded a new Climate Emergency Plan in the core of our business based on the UNs 17 sustainable development goals, committing to achieve one action per goal per season – 64 actions per year.

ACTION

The policies outlined below guide specific action within our business with regards sustainable travel & will be added to & developed as our work continues.

Further ideas to be reviewed:

  • Tackling non-tourism based travel i.e. Garden contractors etc
  • Carbon calculating & off-setting of any travel within or on behalf of business by non-renewable means.

Policy: International Travel

Details & Inclusions / Exclusions:

From January 2021 we will no longer accept bookings from guests or their agencies/operators for our accommodation or experiences who use air travel to reach us.

  • Air-travel exclusion will be revoked once fuelled by renewable means.
  • Discount of 10% on accommodation or experiences will be available to guests who travel using transport options fuelled by renewable means i.e. foot, electric vehicle, (e)bicycle or sailing boat.
  • Though unfortunately, still largely run on fossil fuels, lower-impact means of travel (when compared with air travel) i.e. car, bus, train, boat will be accepted for now until there is a wider systems change.
  • Travel specifically for education or training deemed vital so currently exempt.

Policy: Domestic Travel

Details & Inclusions / Exclusions:

  • To be celebrated & showcased wherever possible.
  • Implement online campaign via blog & social media channels to celebrate & showcase benefits of domestic travel.  Support & connect with initiatives, organisations & networks that further increase reach of this message & build market share.

Policy: Travel within Business

Details & Inclusions / Exclusions:

  • Reduce in person travel & use virtual options wherever possible.
  • All business vehicles to be run by renewable means by end of 2021 (Current fleet includes 1x electric vehicle & 1 x 4×4 to be switched from diesel to recycled fat).

Date: 30.01.21

Next date of review: 01.11.21