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Offset Your Carbon Footprint

Image Source: RESET

Most measures to take, in order to reduce your carbon footprint, are commonly known. You should, for example:

  • Use cleaner transport
  • Implement energy-saving features to your office/home
  • Change your energy & water consumption habits
  • Reduce your food & good footprint

For more details on ways to reduce your ecological footprint visit RESET.

But how can you offset the emissions that you can’t reduce?

Carbon offset projects are certified projects that are proven to reduce emissions in a way that would not have been possible without the project. As an individual or a firm you can donate to and support these projects. Carbon offsets can be, for example, tree planting or investing in renewable energy.

There are various projects offered by different organizations, here are just a few to give you a better idea of what offset projects can look like and how offsetting your emissions works:


Image source: WWF Australia

2016 is undoubtedly the most critical year to take action on climate change. So the question is – will your business be participating?

Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment charged by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Each year it inspires and empowers people around the world to use their power to “change climate change.”

An initiative developed in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has gathered incredible momentum over the years and in 2015 saw 172 countries and territories taking part. Earth Hour is unique because it unites people regardless of age, gender, religion, or culture, and is effective because it is built on the power of collaborative action.

So how can you get involved? Well, you simply have to turn your lights off for one hour on the 19th of March at 8.30pm local time.

For businesses, especially accommodation providers, this is a great chance to show your support for climate protection. In fact, as a business you are able to have a huge impact – as your action will involve your staff, customers, and even your supply chain partners. It will also show your stakeholders that you care about the planet – and will be a great way to boost your brand.

In preparation for Earth Hour you should:

  •         Register your organisation
  •         Download the How-to Guide
  •         Download the Starter Kit
  •         Check out the 2015 Earth Hour report
  •         See the Hotel’s Guide
  •         Read the All-Round Event Guide

You can also become an official partner – including the opportunity to be part of the Earth Hour Hotel Program which was very successful in 2015.

We strongly encourage PATA members to join us for Earth Hour this Saturday 19 March 2016 and would love to hear from those who will be taking part. To contact us click here.


More and more travelers are heading for cities that promote environmentally friendly transport, renewable energy, and restaurants that serve food from sustainable sources. We take you to Hamburg, Neumarkt, and Freiburg. DW Read more.

Responsible Tourism Toolkit – Part 1 Energy Saving Tips

We all know that becoming more energy efficient as a tourism business doesn’t just make business sense by reducing your operational costs, but also helps to minimise and reduce the environmental impact of your business.

by Dr. Louise de Waal


September 3 2015 – The hotel industry will be able to compare energy and water use, as well as carbon footprint, using a new tool from the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research (CHR).

Developed by researchers Howard Chong and Eric Ricaurte, the Hotel Sustainability Tool 2015 is available from the CHR at no charge. Environmental Leader Read more.