The Australian small-ship cruise company Aurora Expeditions was certified 100% Carbon Neutral as part of the cruise line's ongoing active sustainability plan.
The key milestone was achieved via a partnership with the South Pole project - a leading emission reductions project developer and global climate action expert.
CEO Monique Ponfoort said that for more than 30 years, Aurora Expeditions had been "deeply committed to responsible and respectful travel.”
“As one of the world’s leading polar expedition operators, we are always seeking ways to innovate, educate and create a positive impact for our planet, and we will continue our active sustained efforts to help preserve the beauty and majesty that Mother Nature possesses.”
The South Pole Climate Neutral Company certification was achieved via a combination of key sustainability initiatives across Aurora’s business operations.
In a 3-step plan in partnership with South Pole, the company calculates all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its business operations annually. The company then compensates for the emissions by purchasing carbon credits from climate action projects meeting the highest international standards and also sets must-reach targets and timelines to ensure that its emission sustainability programs are best-in-class.
Aurora Expeditions (fleet) was voted the ‘World’s Leading Polar Expeditions Operator’ in the 2020 World Travel Awards, and has chosen to support a pair of climate action projects. The company invests in the renewable energy project in northwest Taiwan, InfraVest Tongyuan Wind Farm, harnessing wind power for a secure energy future.