Singita introduces carbon-neutral guest stays

New levy to fund several Carbon Partner programs around the world

Guests of Singita will now offset their carbon footprint automatically when making a new booking. It’s the latest initiative and commitment to sustainability introduced by the leading conservation and ecotourism brand.

Funds raised through the carbon-neutral levy will be used to purchase verified carbon credits from accredited service providers in each region Singita operates.

In line with its commitment to One Planet Living’s Zero Carbon Energy principle, Singita has already made great strides towards using renewable energy and energy-efficient equipment, and building to optimise energy management.

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“As an ecotourism and conservation brand, we believe we must play our part in fighting climate change,” said Dr Andrea Ferry, Singita’s Group Sustainability Coordinator. “As part of our unwavering commitment to regenerative tourism, we are essentially enabling guests to enjoy a carbon neutral Singita stay by integrating a carbon emissions offset levy for accommodation.”

“We are constantly delighted to discover how likeminded and environmentally aware our guests are. They really do care and we want to make it easier for them to tread as lightly as possible on the planet, while enjoying their time with us.”

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Dr Ferry said many guests choose Singita because of the organisation’s values and purpose to protect wilderness areas resonate with them.

“Integrating carbon offsetting is a logical step to validate our and their commitment to a thriving planet.”

The average carbon footprint of one night’s accommodation was converted into a carbon offset cost for every stay. The estimated current cost/tonne of carbon offset is $10/tonne, and the monetary value of the offset will appear on each guest invoice.

The guest levies for accommodation carbon offsets as well as the funds paid by Singita to offset emissions from staff business flights all contribute to Singita’s overarching program.

Funds generated will be used to purchase verified carbon credits from service providers including Climate Neutral Group’s Wonderbag project in South Africa and Carbon Tanzania’s Yaeda Valley Forest project in Tanzania.

In Rwanda, carbon credits will be procured from Carbon Tanzania, and in Zimbabwe, from the Climate Neutral Group – until accredited local offset providers for those countries are identified.

Carbon offset projects not only mitigate carbon, but also provide various other benefits for local communities.

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