How do we calculate the offset amount and how is it paid for?
The short version: average emissions for a flight (accounting for distance, class, and 1.9 altitutde multiplier)
average emissions for ground arrangements (accommodation, transport and activities in destinations)
4 tonnes of carbon per person
We will offset 5 tonnes per person on your behalf (therefore your booking is actually climate positive).
The longer version: We have used CARMACAL - a carbon emissions calculator specifically designed for tour operators - to calculate the average emissions of our trips, including both the flights and ground arrangements. For flights, we calculated the average carbon emitted from where our clients generally live (UK, US and Australia) to our most popular destinations (Japan and Vietnam). We then adjusted this based on the average number of clients who fly economy, premium, business and first class, and applied a multiplier of 1.9 to flights, to take into account the extra impact of emissions released at altitude. For ground arrangements, we have determined the average carbon use from our accommodation, transport and activities in destinations. All calculations are based on emissions factors which are produced by BEIS, a UK Government department who are specialists in calculating the carbon intensities of different activities, ensuring accuracy.
From these calculations, we know the average trip to our destinations uses around four tonnes of carbon per person. This is about a third of the carbon the average person uses in the UK every year (13 tonnes). We are going one step beyond this and will offset five tonnes of carbon per person, covering your trip emissions whilst remaining conservative.
Our trip prices already include the cost of offsetting the whole trip, therefore you don't need to worry about any additional fees - it's all already in there.