ETG is delighted to announce a new partnership with SeaTrees, a non-profit program that regenerates ocean health by planting and protecting ‘blue-carbon’ coastal ecosystems - mangrove and kelp forests, seagrass, coral and ridge-to-reef watersheds - around the world. We’ve asked SeaTrees to calculate the annual carbon footprint of our staff and client flights and make an equivalent investment on our behalf in their projects in Southeast Asia. Importantly for us, these projects not only capture carbon but they also protect biodiversity and promote sustainable tourism.
In order to be the best travel team we can be, with the knowledge and first-hand experience our clients expect, ETG staff take a lot of flights. Believing as we do in the widespread benefits of travel, we don’t think the answer is simply to stop. But we can be mindful of the choices we make, take responsibility for our emissions and maximise our positive impact when we do choose to fly. And we can help our clients to do the same.
Coastal and marine ecosystems play a vital role in capturing the carbon that we emit. In fact, they capture and store more carbon per unit area than any ecosystem on land. They also provide essential habitat for plants and animals and can support sustainable jobs. Sadly, they are also some of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet.
For every ETG traveller we buy 4 SeaTrees Tokens.
If you'd like to learn more about the power of 'blue carbon' ecosystems to prevent climate change and protect coastal communities click here
SeaTrees invest in 3 projects in our destinations - in Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia. We’re particularly excited that within the boundaries of their project in Cambodia’s Southern Cardamom Forest is Four Rivers Floating Lodge, one of the properties in our exclusive hotel collection. Income from this lodge helps permanently protect the rainforest watershed, giving guests a key role in saving endangered ecosystems and providing sustainable livelihoods.
The carbon offsets that are purchased from the projects are independently verified to the highest international standards (read more). SeaTrees evaluates all of its projects through the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Every project produces multiple benefits to ocean health, climate change, biodiversity, jobs, education, human health, gender equity, and more
We know ‘offsetting’ isn’t the answer to everything. But we also know that, done the right way, travel can be a great force for good. We’ve always worked hard to ensure that ETG trips have a positive impact on the people and places our travellers visit and this new partnership with Sea Trees gives us a chance to take that one step further.
If you’d like to read more about our new partner, please visit the SeaTrees website. And if you’d like to find out about ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint while you're on holiday, just get in touch with us.