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CO2 Compensation for Humanitarian Travel

The burning of fossil fuel energy sources, like kerosene, releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into our atmosphere. CO2 accounts for the largest percentage of the greenhouse gasses caused by humanity. It is undesirable because it accelerates and strengthens the effect of global warming. For the last few years, we’ve looked into adding CO2 compensation to our emissions strategy.

CO2 compensation is a necessity

At Raptim, we put great value in achieving a climate-neutral world. The world in which people and organizations, especially travel management companies, try to prevent emissions as much as possible. We try as much as possible to make a healthier and more sustainable planet. At Raptim, we are in a business ruled by CO2 emissions. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it. On the contrary, CO2compensation is at the very top of our minds.

“Climate change is real. There is no doubt about it.”

Bart Kruijsen, Raptim CEO

Global warming is taking charge in every country and on every continent. On a global scale, the mercury is already up; more than 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius). It’s even higher in the more sensitive polar regions. The effects of these rising temperatures won’t just be noticeable many decades from now. They’re clearly visible at this very moment. The signs are everywhere and in a more surprising magnitude than you thought. Heat caused by global warming is not only melting glaciers and sea ice, but it's also setting animals on the move.

The world is already more than four times as dangerous and susceptible to natural disasters as it was in the 1970s, simply because of the increasing risks brought about by climate change[1]. These are the exact natural disasters whose effects strike vulnerable people in the affected regions. They are the effects humanitarians strive to limit. Therefore, we, as a travel management company, feel an extra responsibility to compensate the CO2 levels.

We’re one of the front-runners when it comes to applying sustainable travel, thus limiting the effects of CO2 emissions. As a humanitarian travel organization, we operate in a sector which has relatively high CO2 emissions. Nonetheless, we try to help those traveling take aid to others in the most socially responsible way possible. For the last years, Raptim has looked into integrating CO2 compensation as part of their emissions management strategy. Watch this video to learn more about Raptim’s point of view regarding CO2 emissions, compensation, and offsetting.

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