In conjunction with another thread I started in GT, I wondered to what extent TP is picky in selecting commercial partners; and if it isn't already, whether it could and should be.
In particular, what about the company that offers the RTW ticket service? Would it be any use if TP were to exert its influence in getting them to offer the possibility of offsetting CO2 emission for each ticket purchased via their website? Just a thought.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 5, 2007, at 12:52 AM by bentivogli ]
Hi Niels, it's an interesting idea, but I doubt we'd have much success in convincing them to do that (although they may very well already be planning on doing that themselves).
What I would be more interested in is actually offering such an offsetting feature directly from Travellerspoint - perhaps tied in with the maps. I've even been in touch with some CO2 offsetting organisations, but so far they haven't been able to provide the integration I'd like, namely a link to 'Offset this trip' which would calculate the emissions from plane, train and car travel as entered on your map. In the meanwhile, there's a nice comprehensive list of the offsetting organisations in the links directory.
Peter - keep us up to date regarding that - l would definately be interested - l have heard stories of "offsetting" firms where the only ones to benefit were the company themselves therefore if it was a reputable TP recommended company l wouldnt hesitiate. I think everyone should offset their trips.
Heather, I can tell you that all the ones I listed on the Emissions Offsetting page are non-profits. I would consider them good places to buy offsets.
Just bear in mind that different organisations use different methods - ie, some will plant trees, while others will sponsor renewable energy projects. Personally, I think the sponsoring of renewable energy projects in third world countries is the best way of doing things, because it can really make a difference in places where no energy is currently available. The German organisation, Atmosfair does things that way. Unfortunately, those organisations that offset like that are also generally a fair bit more expensive.
If you want to offset your trips in the cheapest possible way, planting trees is usually the go. One organisation that really keeps costs down to a minimum is Trees for the Future. They do it by using local volunteers to plant the trees. Perhaps that seems a little like exploitation, but when you consider the difference that restoring trees can make to a local community (have a look at their website if you're not sure what benefits there are other than being a CO2 sink ), I think it's also a very noble way of doing things.