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 our crew’s dedication to sustainability, 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 our carbon emissions. Proudly, we have continued this process through 2020.
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 investing in projects that remove greenhouse gasses 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, including the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project (see below), Lower Zambezi REDD+, Uganda Efficient Wood Cook Stoves, and Quadra Island Forestland Conservation Project.
GREAT BEAR FOREST CARBON PROJECT
We are proud to announce that, beginning in 2020, 100% of the carbon credits that Outer Shores Expeditions purchases to offset our carbon emissions are purchased from the landmark Great Bear Forest Carbon Project. The Great Bear Rainforest is, of course, one of our favourite expedition destinations, and the close collaboration of this project with the First Nation communities of this region 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, has equal involvement with the First Nations and the BC Government, strong legal and policy foundations, and robust data in supporting 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.
OFFSET YOUR EXPEDITION!
As a carbon neutral company, we assess and offset all of our transportation, including your floatplane flights in regions such as Haida Gwaii. What we are not able to assess and offset is our guest’s travel before getting to the departure location. Did you know that you can offset your flights and transportation leading up to your time onboard the Passing Cloud, to make it a 100% Carbon Neutral vacation? We encourage all of our guests to take that extra step to becoming an environmentally conscious traveller.
Learn about how you can offset your flight emissions through Offsetter’s flight calculator.