A lot of companies - including travel companies - claim to carbon offset, or even to be carbon neutral or carbon positive, but it can be a vague claim. People talk about tonnes of carbon, but this means little to the average traveller booking a trip to Morocco. It's important to us that our claim to be carbon neutral is as transparent and as robust as we can make it.
Explore is proud to be working with ClimateCare, the UK's highest-ranked B-corp. We did not cut any corners when choosing our climate partners, and neither will we when analysing our carbon output. With our flights, we have calculated the carbon emitted for each trip based on the worst-case scenario. We've based our flight contributions on the furthest airport in each region, and on indirect flights (more stops, and therefore more take-offs, means more carbon) as standard. We’ve also applied a multiplier of 1.9 to flights, to take into account the extra impact of carbon emissions released at altitude.
We also offset the carbon emitted by accommodation and transport in destination. We’ve looked at the duration of our trips and over-estimated when calculating the expected emissions. For any trip less than a week, we’ve assumed emissions for a seven day trip. For trips 7-14 days, we’ve assumed two weeks’ emissions, and 14-21 days assumed three weeks’ emissions. We’ve also allowed an additional 10% buffer - so in fact we will be carbon positive.