Calculate your carbon emissions

Sustainable Travel International has recently launched a carbon footprint calculator to help travellers plan and reduce emissions


Sustainable travel begins with offsetting your carbon travel footprint

Once you have caught the travel bug, you will want to see more of this fascinating world, visit stunning places, experience exciting cultures and taste exotic food. Unfortunately, climate change is rapidly affecting many tourist destinations and as our oceans gradually warm, beaches are shrinking and vulnerable environments are affected.

To enjoy our amazing planet both now and as we move into the future, we all need to work together to learn more about sustainable travel trends. A carbon footprint travel calculator can help you start making a difference to our fragile world today.

Sustainable Travel International Carbon Footprint Travel Calculator
Sustainable Travel International Carbon Footprint Travel Calculator. Image supplied by Sustainable Travel International.

The connection between climate change and tourism

The conversation about climate change and carbon dioxide can be very complicated and overwhelming, but it’s an important one to have. Climate change and tourism are closely connected—while bleached coral reefs and snow-less mountain peaks can destroy the tourism industry, irresponsible mass tourism is also a factor.

Tourism accounts for roughly 8% of the world’s carbon emissions and this number will likely grow as travel becomes more affordable and accessible to everyone around the world.

What is a carbon travel footprint?

Every time you travel, greenhouse emissions, including carbon dioxide, are generated— most significantly when you travel by aeroplane. Many other activities also produce CO² on your holidays, such as taking a train, going on a boat tour or even just running your hotel air-conditioner.

Work out your carbon footprint by adding up all the CO² you create as an individual.

What are carbon offsets and how do they work?

Carbon offsetting balances out the emissions you create and compensates for what you produce whilst on the road.

More simply, there are projects you can support that will reduce carbon dioxide and other emissionselsewhere on the planet to make up for (or “offset”) what you have generated on your trip.

With organisations such as Sustainable Travel International, your carbon offset money will purchase and support promising projects designed to slow down climate change. At the same time this helps you to become a sustainable traveller.

Diving boat with scuba diver underwater
Diving boat with scuba diver underwater. Image supplied by Sustainable Travel International.

How to calculate your carbon footprint?

As a more responsible traveller, start by calculating your travel footprint. This travel carbon calculator is quick, easy to use and completely free.

Yes, there are many components to your travel and the process seems complex.  But if you look at what makes up the most significant percentage of your trip, a great start is by choosing to offset your flights.

Just enter your origin and destination, and how many people are flying and the carbon footprint travel calculator will show you how many metric tons of CO² you will be generating on your trip.

You can then offset that impact straight away. If it sounds complicated, just give it a try and enter your details—it’s easier than you think.

Purchase carbon offsets and support unique projects

Every little bit of CO² you produce can be offset in a different part of the world. If you are flying from Melbourne to London, according to the calculator, you will generate 4.71 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is your carbon footprint. By using this calculator, you automatically have the chance to immediately offset those 4.71 metric tonnes of CO² by purchasing carbon offsets—it’s as easy as that.

When you offset your carbon travel footprint with Sustainable Travel International you will support a carefully curated portfolio of projects, with an index of carbon offset and removal projects around the globe. The index includes three main types of projects:

  • Forestry projects:These relate to trees. For example, engaging a farmer to harvest or protect trees that store CO²
  • Energy projects: Will reduce fossil fuel use and generate clean, renewable energy through wind farms, solar, hydro or biogas and local community initiatives.
  • Blue carbon projects: These protect coastal environments, and look after mangroves and wetlands that store large quantities of carbon.

How STI chooses carbon-reducing projects

Supporting Sustainable Travel International’s blended index carbon fund guarantees exposure to a wide range of high-quality carbon-reduction projects. Their guiding principles include:

  1. Diligence: All projects in the portfolio are verified by top third-party auditors, including Verra, Gold Standard and the American Carbon Registry. Additional internal due diligence is performed on all the projects in the portfolio to ensure that they are of the highest quality. Learn more about quality assurance.
  2. Community Benefit: Projects supported must have a positive benefit to local communities and address multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  3. Price: By leveraging reputation and volume, and blending this across multiple projects, best value for money is delivered.

Sustainable travel examples

There are many examples of sustainable travel and tourism that will make a difference, help you feel more at ease when travelling, and create a better world that is more regenerative. Our ecosystems will then have a chance of survival for future generations to enjoy.

Tourism businesses and operators around the world are now starting to see that we all need to play our part. They are following sustainable travel trends in ways such as using solar power, recycling their rainwater or running on a low-waste model.

So, think about ways that you can make a difference and be a more responsible traveller who supports sustainable travel.

Here are some simple sustainable travel hacks:

  • Support businesses and operators who are actively making an effort to offer more responsible services and experiences, and spread the word about them on social media. When more love is channelled into sustainable tourism, more businesses will join the movement.
  • Research before leaving to find sustainable tourism businesses, and review them positively afterwards.
  • Travel less by plane and explore your amazing backyard. Rather than jet-setting around the world, travel slowly and support local communities, learn about the cultures in your own country and keep your footprint small.
  • Take your rubbish with you, and travel with a reusable water bottle, coffee mug and toiletry items because every tiny bit helps. If you are unsure about the tap water in your destination, check to find out if the water is safe for drinking before buying bottled water. If the water is unsafe, water purifying tablets are available in most countries and these can easily be added to your reusable water bottle to help keep you (and your belly) safe.

Creating a better future for all

Becoming a more sustainable traveller by offsetting your carbon footprint is a great start, and it is also simple and easy to do. By reducing your impact on our planet, you are supporting sustainable travel and tourism and creating a better future for the next generation of responsible travellers.

The time for change is NOW and this is how you can get started:

  • Calculate and offset your travel emissions using this online carbon footprint travel calculator.
  • If you already know your carbon footprint,  and buy them before you travel

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If you own a tourism business and would like to attract more responsible travellers, our partner agency, Mankind Digital, is an expert in promoting sustainable and regenerative tourism. Contact the Mankind Digital team on +61 (03) 9114 9749 today.