Cookson Adventures vows to make all expeditions carbon neutral

Cookson Adventures has pledged to make all of its trips and experiences fully carbon neutral from January 2020. 

The luxury tour operator said all of its excursions this year - which include Kenya, Norway, British Colombia, Raja Ampat and the Soloman Islands - would be offset as part of its commitment to conservation and sustainability. 

The company has teamed up with environmental consultant Carbon Footprint Ltd to identify audited and measurable carbon offset and removal projects, and create an “accurate and accredited” calculator to model the total carbon dioxide emissions of each Cookson Adventure’s trip. 

Due to the personalised nature of each expedition, Cookson said the most appropriate projects would be selected for every trip to match the offset or removal scheme most aligned with the client’s interest and trip location.

Projects include tree planting in deforested regions, provisions of clean drinking water to lower fuel consumption for wastewater treatment and stimulating the growth of clean energy development through renewable sources.

Founder Henry Cookson said: “I started Cookson Adventures ten years ago because of my love for all that is rare and beautiful on this planet.

“Since then, we’ve made it our mission to visit some of the world’s most remote and precious destinations but, most importantly, leave them better than we found them, through various conservation and sustainability efforts.

“Fortunately, with a new generation of conscious travellers, we can be more aware of damage we are doing to the environment.

“Over the next ten years, not only do we want to offset our emissions and neutralise the impact we have but, also, ultimately reverse it and go carbon neutral.”

Cookson Adventures said the aim was to collaborate with other luxury players to “reform” the industry more quickly.

“Many of our customers have shifted from demanding low impact travel to zero impact travel and we want to meet – but also drive – this important trend," said chief executive Adam Sebba.

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