Foozoo Travel Carbon Offset programme
A round trip on Economy class from Melbourne Australia to Colombo will result in 3.1 tonnes of CO2. Fly business and it doubles to 6.1 tonnes. London to Colombo via economy results in 3.3 tonnes while JFK New York to Colombo will be a minimum of 5.7 tonnes. These figures are the minimum as the calculation has been done excluding additional stops along the way.
You can calculate and see the CO2 print of your air travel here:
So yes, travel makes the world a better place. The more we see the more we understand. Yet it comes at a cost. And because we promote international travel we felt it is also our responsibility to mitigate the effects of global travel on the environment to the best level possible.
A simple step in the right direction
Our efforts here is to plant trees. A single tree will absorb 01 tonne of CO2 over its lifetime. Once a tour is booked with us we will inquire about your travel plans and identify the number of trees we need to plant to offset this. These trees are planted in collaboration with a volunteer organisation (more details on request as we are not in a position to publicise their name). The cost of a tree is calculated at Rs.1000 and covers the cost of the tree, transport to remote area in which the tree is being planted, the preparation of the land, volunteer fees and meals. The cost also includes the maintenance of the site for a period of three years from the date of planting. About 200 plants are being planted every other week and this is an ongoing project Foozoo Travel’s owners are personally involved in.
Carbon offsetting has its critics and justifiably so. The moment you start offsetting the impact of travel it also makes you feel less guilty and may even lead you to travel more. Also in case a tree dies off or doesn’t live out its full expected life, we will fall short of the goal. Further, the effects of global travel is immediate. The offset happens over a much longer period. This is why we are not only planting the number of trees required to offset your travels but doubling the effort so we know we would most certainly meet the targets.
In addition to this we are constantly looking at ways to make our business sustainable and minimise the effects on the planet. These may go beyond carbon offsetting and building in eco-friendly practices to a lot more angles of our business.