This is how the companies in the Intoit Travel Group work with Climate and Social Responsibility
Since 2017, our internal operations are completely climate neutral and from January 2019, climate compensation is always included with 100% for all our customers' travels.
Investing in a clear conscience or in climate benefits?
How have we done?
We have listed everything in our company that contributes to CO2 emissions. Everything from our business trips by plane, car, train, bus, boat to all electricity in the office, heating, paper consumption, toner etc.
We have then let our partner in climate issues know this, south pole, recalculate to how many kilos of CO2 we caused.
To be on the safe side, we have added an additional 10% to this calculation. Subsequently, we have chosen to compensate for the climate in three projects, which are described below. They are carefully certified (Gold Standard), which means that thanks to our investment, the amount of CO2 is reduced by the same amount that we emit. The certification ensures, among other things, a that these measures would not have taken place without our investment.
So what do we do concretely?
The goals must contribute to sustainable development that aims to
eradicate poverty, stop climate change and create peaceful and secure societies
Our sustainability projects
Saving forests, protecting forest life and improving lives
Kariba REDD+ is a project in Zimbabwe whose purpose is to preserve and protect forests in a sustainable way. The project, which is one of the largest REDD+ registered projects in the world, has since its inception in 2011 protected almost 785,000 hectares from deforestation. This prevents, on average, 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year. The project has a strong social focus and contributes both to regional sustainable development and to several of the UN's global sustainability goals 1,2,3,4,6, 8, 9, 13, 15 & 17.
The Kariba project protects the majestic forests that run along the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. These forests form a wildlife corridor as they connect four national parks with eight safari reserves. Through the project, residents in the area receive training in, among other things, sustainable agriculture, beekeeping, fire management and ecotourism, which leads to increased job opportunities and increased income. The project has also contributed to the expansion of health clinics, expanded infrastructure and education and school support.
Xe Namnoy Hydropower
Produce clean energy, reduce emissions and stimulate the local economy.
Xe Nanom is a hydropower project in Lao PDR and is located on the Xe NamNoy and Xe Katam rivers, in the southern part of Laos, and harnesses the energy of flowing water to generate electricity. The project involves the construction of two turbines, giving a total installed capacity of 15 MW and delivering over 83,000 MWh on average to the grid connected in Thailand. This helps to meet the domestic electricity demand and also to increase the net export of electricity and reduce the net import of electricity from Thailand, where the electricity grid is dominated by thermal power plants.
The project supports the local economy by creating jobs and training opportunities for the local population. In line with the wishes of the villagers, the project developer has also built a temple and improved the water supply. The project contributes both to regional sustainable development and to several of the UN's global sustainability goals 6,7, 8 and 13.
Musi River Hydro
Renewable hydropower for the island of Sumatra
Musi River Hydro is a hydroelectric project in Sumatra, Indonesia's largest island, covered by dense tropical forests that are home to countless plant and animal species. The hydroelectric plant is built on the upper banks of the Musi River near the Sumatra port city of Bengkulu. By harnessing the kinetic energy of powerfully flowing water, the Musi River Hydro plant has a total installed capacity of 210 MW and delivers over 765,000 MWh to Sumatra's grid each year – enough to power over 700,000 Indonesians on average each year.
Musi projects contribute to the availability of renewables and promote economic sustainability by creating jobs for the local population. Part of the project revenue is reinvested in the local community such as building an orphanage, building new roads, bridges and a traditional market place – giving local farmers better access to their rice fields and the opportunity to achieve additional income. A reforestation program has been established in the surrounding catchment to protect the natural landscape. The project contributes both to regional sustainable development and to several of the UN's global sustainability goals 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, and 15.
A reflection on what happens when we don't travel
Economy / employment is affected. Just over 10% of the Global GDP is created in tourism.
Nature and animals are not protected. This unfortunately became very clear during Covid.
Less is invested in culture and art. Tourism is an important and sometimes vital source of income so that museums, world heritage, cultural treasures, artists and artists can remain.
There is less understanding of other cultures when we do not experience them in their home environment.
Preservation of local cultures becomes less interesting when no one shows interest in the distinctive.
Dictatorships become more isolated and citizens lose touchlosing touch with