We are partnered with C-Level to manage the climate change impact of our business. C-Level’s mission is to enable businesses to balance their carbon impact through indigenous projects that benefit ecosystems and communities. These projects are verified under the Plan Vivo standard. Our first priority was to balance the flights and energy used by Panoramic Journeys. We are now bringing this to bear on the climate impact of the flights taken by our guests.
Travelling the world, meeting new people and exploring cultural exchange is what makes us tick. But that comes at a carbon price, every flight we board and every car we drive increases the amount of CO2 released and impacts on the carbon level of the earth’s atmosphere. Global warming and climate change follow. Destinations such as Bhutan have the resources to make themselves 'carbon negative' - planting trees and generating more renewable energy than they use in. But for Mongolia, climate change and herder economics are impacting hard. Ever harsher winter dzuds, lengthy freezing winter droughts, kill the livestock of nomadic herders. This forces them to overstock and overgraze the land. Also the high value of cashmere wool drives them into owning greater numbers of cashmere goats who destroy the carbon-sequestering grassy steppeland. A Catch 22 of global and local pressures.
So what are we doing about it?
Through C-Level we are able to take holistic action on our own carbon emissions through a Mongolian project that restores the grassland ecosystem. The Plan Vivo Mongolian Nomad Project is close to our heart. Through this we are working with nomadic herder families, managing livestock levels, improving biodiversity and creating income diversification. We are looking at more ways we can help develop this programme with nomads.
What can you do?
We have built this approach into our business and each of our guests has the opportunity to Carbon Balance their flights, both international and internal. C-Level provide the carbon calculations and Plan Vivo certification that ensures our investments are achieving the carbon, ecological and social benefits on the ground. The cost is based on the carbon intensity of your flights (economy, business or first class) and we add this as an item to the statement of your journey price. You can opt-out of this if you wish.
C-Level also have their own Flight Carbon Calculator enabling you to understand and balance any of your own leisure or business flights. He is the link to the C-Level Calculator