Contiki Holidays has marked Earth Day with a pledge to become 100% carbon neutral by 2022.

The youth travel operator revealed five-point climate action plan, which also commits to carbon reductions and to evolving to support the transition to a low-carbon future.

A new sustainability officer, Tasha Hayes, has been appointed to lead the initiative. 

The action plan includes cutting emissions and setting ambitious reduction targets by mid-2022.

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“Unavoidable” emissions will be offset by partnering with offset provider South Pole investing in carbon credits from a combination of three carbon offset projects in Australia, Thailand and the US.

All Contiki trips from January 1, 2022 will be carbon neutral, with the offset costs covered by the company. 

Chief executive Adam Armstrong said: “Carbon removal and carbon capture technologies are deeply promising.

 “It’s important to us that we support the science developing around every possible solution, in addition to reducing our emissions and purchasing verified carbon offsets.

 “It’s equally exciting to have Tasha on board to lead this for us, the next phase of Contiki Cares.

Hayes added: “With our How We Tread Right sustainability strategy, the evolution of Contiki Cares, and now becoming carbon neutral, it made sense to have a front person for Contiki’s great sustainability initiatives.

“During my time with Contiki I’ve always championed sustainability and looked at ways we could do better both on the road and in the office.

“Contiki becoming carbon neutral is massive, and it’s the perfect opportunity for me to support this direction, as someone who can oversee and monitor, making sure we stay on track to achieve the ambitious goals we have set out.”

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