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WWF Chooses to Offset its Flight Emissions in Collaboration with Raptim & Climate Neutral Group

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has the mission to create a world in which people and nature live in harmony. Their mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. They do this in the interests of nature and in the interests of people who are dependent on nature. “To do this work, we selectively visit the areas that require extra attention and protection,” says Thomas Bakker, Facility Manager of the Dutch office of the WWF. But through traveling, the WWF indirectly contributes to climate change of which it is trying to limit the consequences. Like Raptim, they choose to offset the emissions of their air travel. See here how it works for Raptim.

They compensate their emissions with Gold Standard Biogas Cambodia Project. This offset project invests in making biogas installations available in Cambodia. They aim to increase rural peoples’ access to a sustainable supply of clean energy.

CO2-emission Budget Raises the Bar

In addition, the WWF raises the bar higher than just offsetting their CO2 emissions. The goal is to fly 5% less each year than the year before. All departments receive an annual CO2 budget for this. Based on this budget, the departments then create an annual plan. The plan must be approved by a member of the management team. Even for flying within this approved budget, each ticket must be separately approved. The applicant must clearly state that there are no alternative options. In the booking year 2016-2017, CO2 emissions from business air travel were less than 23% lower than the quota that they had imposed on themselves.

Partnership with Raptim Humanitarian Travel

“The budgeting process and regular reporting to the department heads provide extra awareness on top of our intrinsic motivation to minimize our footprint. The awareness is further enhanced by the way our travel partner, Raptim, and Climate Neutral Group work together ,” explains Thomas Bakker. “With the integrated flying tool, the offsetting is immediately arranged via the travel agency at the moment of booking. Furthermore, the pollution caused by that specific flight is clearly indicated. Thanks to the budgeting process and the high level of awareness, the target of 5% fewer flights per year is achieved year after year.”

Flying Climate Neutral

Marjan Verbeek, Strategic Partnership Manager at Climate Neutral Group stated, “The World Wildlife Fund does not only fly CO2-neutral but chooses to fly climate-neutral. At their request, we also include the condensation stripes, nitrogen dioxide, and soot in addition to the CO2-emissions in their calculation for the compensation.” Next to this, the WWF chooses to calculate their emissions with a higher RFI rating. This radiative-forcing index takes into account the increased effects of the emissions at a higher altitude. This is estimated between a range of 1.9 and 4.7. WWF chooses to work with an RFI of 2.7.

Getting you there CO2-neutral

We help those traveling to help others do this in the most socially responsible way possible through our participation in the Climate Neutral Group. CNG is a member of ICROA, which helps maintain carbon offsetting according to internationally recongnized standards and administred processes. Raptim is one the frontrunners when it comes to applying sustainable travel. As a global humanitarian travel organization, we devote ourselves to serving those who serve the world. Our experienced staff can be reached at any given time. Please use our quick address locator to contact your nearest Raptim office should you have any questions. You can also follow our blog for more stories and travel information.

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