What is carbon offsetting? We’ve answered your most-asked questions about reducing your carbon footprint. Read on to understand more about carbon offsetting at Esprit and how it fits into our wider sustainability strategy.

Sustainability FAQs

What is carbon offsetting?

A carbon offset is an act of balancing out carbon emissions by making reductions elsewhere or removing them altogether.

Almost everything you do generates carbon emissions. If you can measure how much you are producing, you can pay to have it offset by taking an equivalent amount out of the atmosphere. Some projects that you pay into replace fossil fuels with cleaner technologies so they don’t produce any carbon at all; other projects plant trees and regenerate natural spaces, which absorb carbon from the air. Projects should deliver positive outcomes for the local communities involved; better air quality, more secure jobs, access to education and medical facilities.

Carbon offsetting is a divisive issue, and we accept that. Carbon offsets is not the answer, but it is something that we are able to do now. It supports communities and livelihoods around the world, and it can make a difference while we also get started on the sections of our business that we can change.

Why should we do it?

It’s good for us, it’s good for our community, and it’s good for the future. It’s our duty to give back and help preserve the environment for future generations.

We’re not green yet, but we’re doing what we can to be more environmentally friendly.

How much carbon does my holiday produce?

We don’t know yet—exactly—but we’re working on it. We're determined to discover our holiday impact and make it more sustainable. We're already working with carbon consultants and biologists, and we know what an average winter holiday footprint is – and where the most impactful areas are within our holidays (flights, accommodation and food for example).

How much does it cost to offset?

Offsetting varies in price and each provider has their own price per tonne. You can either choose a pay as you go option, or buy in bulk.

From 1 March 2022 there will be up to £10 per person allocated from the price of our holidays, that will be paid to offset projects. We have teamed up with ClimateCare to do this and plan to complement our offsetting programme by investing in a rewilding partner to restore nature.

If carbon offsetting enough?

As we have mentioned, carbon offsetting alone does not tackle the climate crisis. In fact there are so many challenges our world faces and focusing only on greenhouse gas emissions is too narrow. We prioritise both climate change and the biodiversity crisis, side by side, interlinked. We need to reduce our footprint, we need to restore and protect nature, and we need to do it alongside our local communities which are often disproportionately affected by these issues.

In short, carbon offsetting is a starting point – a launch pad, but we have plenty more up our sleeves.

What else are you doing as a business?

We’ve just launched our new sustainability framework, which pulls together everything we need to focus on as a business, from our impact on the environment to working closely with our communities and suppliers and ensuring we are a purpose driven and responsible company to work for. Our office is already zero waste to landfill, using green energy and has solar panels on the roof— we’re also reviewing all our policies and challenging each and every team in the business to continually improve.

We will be taking action against gender imbalance in the industry, equity and access, how we invest financially, and who we want to partner with.

We’re doing a lot! We have someone working on this issue full time, as well as teams within our organization working on sustainable change. We’re always talking with experts, because truly sustainable change needs everybody involved.

What can I do to help?

We can all play our part and make better decisions going forwards. Simple changes. Buy less plastic—a Water to Go bottle saves ever having to buy a single use bottle. Take shampoo/conditioner/soap bars rather than bottles. Eat in local restaurants and speak to the people in local shops—it’s important that we are welcomed by those hosting us, and not intruding.

A bigger switch might be travelling by train around Europe. You might be surprised how little extra time it takes to travel by train across Europe. Or you could fly one way and take the train the other—that would help reduce your carbon footprint.

Making more conscious choices while travelling isn't about "having less" or "going without"; it's just about thinking before you buy, wasting less, being more efficient, eating local food, buying local crafts, trying a few words in another language.

If you want to learn a bit more we can thoroughly recommend checking out Jen Gale’s website, it’s all about being imperfectly green and making small steps in the right direction.

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