Setting the sustainability bar higher than it had ever been set before, Natural Habitat Adventures became the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company in 2007. Now, in 2017, Nat Hab celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its carbon offset program, a groundbreaking endeavor that has since offset more than 34.5 million pounds of CO2 for guests’ nature adventures in destinations all around the globe.
As the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, Nat Hab noted early the impacts of globetrotting clients on a changing climate. The EPA estimates that about 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are travel-related. Offsetting carbon emissions became mission critical for this nature travel company.
Nat Hab’s carbon offsets encompass every aspect of each adventure—from vehicles on safari in Africa and the American Southwest, to marine diesel in the Galapagos, to energy consumed in lodges all around the world. Carrying through on this promise involves complex calculations—but it’s a commitment that remains core to Nat Hab’s company values as a world leader in conservation travel.
Offsets were a novel idea 10 years ago—something most were dabbling in only on a small scale. Nat Hab partnered with nonprofit Sustainable Travel International to invest the travel company’s offset funds in a variety of high-quality, third-party-verified carbon reduction projects. This early, thorough and visionary action in offsetting guest travel and corporate operations has since caught on in other parts of the travel industry. Nat Hab set the bar high a decade ago, and continues to raise the bar on conservation in ways that few companies accomplish on such a broad scale.
Nat Hab’s carbon offset program is standing the test of time with real-deal, boots-on-the ground projects. Each year, a slate of projects is carefully evaluated and assessed for sustainability and viability. Nat Hab’s carbon offsets are currently funding biogas in Vietnam, wind generation in South Dakota and reforestation in Brazil and Tanzania forests. Benefits touch real communities around landscapes where Nat Hab travels. And the company has simplified a process for travelers to offset flights too—with the added bonus that Nat Hab automatically offsets international flights after a guest’s 10th trip.
Nat Hab continues to think globally and raise the bar on conservation. Not only has the adventure travel company offset the carbon output from each and every trip for the past 10 years, but all carbon use from office operations, building emissions and staff flights are offset too.