‘Footprints’ refers to all impacts of the travel industry, and therefore covers issues that may appear in other guises; under umbrellas such as ‘green & clean’, ‘responsible travel’, ‘social responsibility’, ‘sustainability’, ‘energy demand’ and so-on. Integrating sustainable travel models, that leave little or no footprint on the globe, is a priority for PATA, and we encourage all of members to reduce their carbon footprint in that effort.
PATA has teamed up with EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental management, benchmarking and certification programme; developed for the travel and tourism industry. Earthcheck adheres to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC), the global mark for standards in sustainable travel and tourism.Through this partnership, EarthCheck has created an online Carbon Calculator for use by PATA members, which lets them estimate their carbon impact and then provides tips on how their emissions may be easily reduced.
EarthCheck has four individual products that each cater to the needs of different sectors of the industry. They are:
EarthCheck Certified, which helps organisations to reduce costs, managing risk and deliver reporting compliance.
EarthCheck Assessed, which is ideal for smaller operators who are looking to start the sustainability journey and wish to reduce their environmental impacts.
EarthCheck Design provides internationally recognised standards and guidelines that help local governments and developers in the early stages of planning precincts, buildings and the associated infrastructure, to do so with sustainable outcomes in mind.
EarthCheck Communities is used by communities around the world to achieve Best Practice sustainability outcomes in the areas of environment, social and economic benefits.
EarthCheck also offers programs that are suitable for schools and business clusters, as well as a range of accredited training courses that help with internal capacity building.
EarthCheck, through its wholly owned subsidiary Green Globe Asia Pacific, has been licensed to use the Green Globe brand since 1999. Currently, EarthCheck has exclusive rights to use of the Green Globe brand in the Asia-Pacific region and non-exclusive rights in the rest of the world. For more information, visit www.earthcheck.org or email email@example.com
Take a look at the below carbon calculator to gauge how your business is doing and for tips on how to improve.