Outer Shores Is Proudly Carbon Neutral
Outer Shores Expeditions is carbon neutral! We have achieved carbon neutrality through dedicated conservation efforts, careful adherence to efficiency measures, and the purchase of carbon offsets.
As an ecotourism company, it has been our goal from the outset to become a carbon-neutral operation. We’ve always been able to maintain a very low carbon footprint thanks to the crew’s dedication to sustainability and efficiency, but we always felt it integral to our company mission that we achieve complete carbon neutrality.
ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORTS WITH SYNERGY
Starting in 2014, we worked with Victoria-based Synergy Enterprises to produce our first Annual Sustainability Report for 2013. This report allowed Synergy to measure our emissions, which includes all fuel (gasoline, diesel, propane, marine diesel), electricity, water, waste, paper, and company travel, and in turn purchase carbon offsets.
We were able to offset our 2013 emissions to a carbon zero or carbon neutral footprint, and at the same time set a baseline for carbon emissions. We have recently completed the same process for 2014 and 2015, and shortly will embark upon our 2016 Annual Sustainability Report.
PURCHASING CARBON OFFSETS WITH OFFSETTERS
By purchasing our carbon offsets with Offsetters, a Vancouver-based carbon management company, Outer Shores is able to do more than invest in projects that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Offsetters’ initiatives also enhance ecosystems and provide wider social and economic benefits to the people living around them. To date, Outer Shores’ carbon offset purchases have helped to support four Offsetters initiatives: Great Bear Forest Carbon Project, Lower Zambezi REDD+, Uganda Efficient Wood Cook Stoves, and Quadra Island Forestland Conservation Project.
PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY OUR OFFSETS
The Great Bear Rainforest is a favourite Outer Shores expedition destination, and the landmark Great Bear Forest Carbon Project’s close collaboration with First Nations makes it a natural fit for us to support. This project is the first of its kind in North America, balancing human well-being and ecological integrity through carbon finance. The Great Bear Rainforest is unique in that it is the subject of the only Improved Forest Management project of its scale that has equal involvement with the First Nations and the BC Government, strong legal and policy foundations, and robust data to support the quantification of ecosystem services. Excitingly, this is not simply a conservation project – rather, it is a model for sustainable development in an economically valuable but ecologically and culturally vulnerable area.
In supporting the Uganda Efficient Wood Cook Stoves Project, Outer Shores has helped support the distribution of efficient wood-burning cook stoves to institutions and families in and around Kampala, Uganda. The aim of the project is to reduce the stove price to an affordable level, to promote it for widespread distribution, and to improve the technology through continuous research and development.
Support for the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project helps communities and forest management professionals in Zambia to conserve a highly threatened wildlife corridor. The project addresses deforestation by working directly with forest-dependent communities to reduce their reliance on charcoal.
The Quadra Island Forestland Conservation Project, located on the east side of Vancouver Island, BC, permanently protect 418 hectares of Coastal Western Hemlock forests that was destined to be logged or developed for vacation homes. In addition to the land itself, the project establishes connectivity between two adjacent parks—which allows its wildlife to move from one park to another safely – as well as protects important archaeological sites and a historic Aboriginal portage route.