In 2017 skiLapland introduced carbon neutral skiing holidays, and following a successful launch we now provide exclusively carbon neutral ski holidays, making us the first Finnish specialist tour operator to do so.
How skiLapland deliver carbon neutral ski holidays?
We deliver carbon neutral holidays by covering the cost to offset the per person carbon footprint in all our holidays. Offsetting costs fund 2 Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) certified projects:
- 1 supporting reforestation in the UK and Amazon (more information)
- 1 developing Solar Power in India (more information)
These certified carbon offsetting projects have been chosen by skiLapland to match our values and those of our customers by providing real and significant improvements here in the UK and in developing countries.
What we have achieved so far
Since we started in 2017 we have offset more than 180 tonnes of carbon and provided carbon neutral holidays for more than 30% of our customers. The projects we support have planted more than 90 trees in UK schools, protected the same number in the Amazon, and helped the development of solar power projects in India.
All that has:
- Reduced the impact of our holidays on the climate and environment
- Provided social and environmental improvements on a global and local scale
- Locked away carbon in trees
- Reduced the amount of carbon released from fossil fuels
We hope that you will stand with skiLapland in helping to protect Scandinavia, the UK and the global environment by choosing to travel with us and enjoy an exceptional, carbon neutral skiing holiday.
Why skiLapland offer carbon neutral holidays?
Scandinavia has a reputation as an environmentally responsible region, and as specialists in this area skiLapland have decided to make similar commitments to the environment, climate and the future of the snowsports industry.
There is a significant carbon footprint associated with travel, most notably greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. Greenhouse gas driven Climate Change is a prominent issue in polar climates, which cover large areas of Scandinavia. Winter snowsports and ski resorts are especially susceptible to minor changes in climate due to their reliance on certain temperatures for natural snow-fall and artificial snow-making.
By offering carbon neutral holidays skiLapland can help protect our destinations for current beneficiaries – our customers, local residents and regional flora and fauna – and also help to preserve these beautiful places, and the fantastic sports that they provide a platform for, for future generations.
How carbon offsetting works?
Carbon emissions do not respect international borders; as the CO2 enters the atmosphere, it spreads out. This means that 1 tonne of CO2 emissions savings in India are the same as 1 tonne CO2 savings in London or Levi (one of our Finnish Lapland resorts). This is the reason why we can compensate carbon emissions by supporting projects in other nations.
Individual carbon offset projects across the globe are rigorously inspected and audited regularly to assure that they are generating carbon reductions; carbon credits are only issued once these savings have been made. These carbon credits are used to offset the unavoidable emissions of other organisations, like skiLapland, to whom the carbon credits are sold (‘carbon offsetting’). Once a carbon credit has been sold, it is retired to encourage offsetting projects to expand and improve.
How you can help?
By booking your winter holiday with skiLapland, you can be proud to travel responsibly. As skiLapland continue to improve and develop our carbon neutral holidays we will be inviting our customers to help us choose future projects. We hope that you will stand with skiLapland in helping to protect Scandinavia, the UK and the global environment by choosing to travel with us and enjoy an exceptional, carbon neutral winter holiday.
If you’re looking for things to do in your everyday life there are other easy ways that you can reduce and offset your contribution to global climate change. You can start by calculating your personal carbon footprint and by finding ways to reduce and/or offset this. This could be something as simple and fun as cycling to school with your children, supporting a local reforestation project or choosing a different energy supplier. Being carbon neutral and reducing your contribution to global climate change can be a fun and positive thing for you and your family, and now, thanks to skiLapland and your commitment to us, even includes enjoying fantastic winter holidays.