Lindblad Expeditions is taking its ecotourism efforts to the next level, announcing that it will become a carbon neutral company this year. The company’s investments will effectively offset 100% of emissions from all of its land-based operations, including employee travel and its offices in New York and Seattle, as well as from eight Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ships and five leased vessels.
“As a company recognising that global climate change is arguably the greatest threat humanity has ever faced, we all need to urgently step up our efforts whether big or small,” said Sven Lindblad, CEO and Founder of Lindblad Expeditions. “Our goal is to reduce and offset our carbon footprint and to commit to carbon neutrality throughout the many layers of our business. It has become increasingly more apparent that we, human beings, and our planet which sustains us, are out of balance. Climate change and its resulting impacts on global biodiversity and human health and livelihoods has provided a clarion call and awakening. The message is clear: we must rebalance and rebalance urgently.”
Working in partnership with South Pole, a leading developer of international emission reduction projects, Lindblad Expeditions now has a portfolio of six carbon project investments that align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These investments focus on renewable energy, reforestation and community-based projects in six countries, including Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam – countries that Lindblad-National Geographic travellers visit.
Lindblad successfully removed guest-facing single-use plastics fleet-wide in 2018 and have operated a sustainable seafood program aboard the fleet for many years. Other related sustainability initiatives include building new ships that reduce emissions while increasing efficiency; mandating supply chain solutions to eliminate plastic; sourcing and serving local, organic produce; making crew uniforms from recycled plastic; and more.