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2020 is the year where we must step up our sustainability efforts. As many regions in the world have declared a climate emergency, the areas that Khiri Travel operates in are not immune to such problems.
Khiri Travel is proud to start the new decade as a signatory of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency. While we believe tourism, conducted in a sustainable and responsible manner, has positive effects that contribute to the planet and people: we must also acknowledge the impact that tourism has on our climate. As such, Khiri Travel is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals across the seven countries in which we are active: Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Khiri Reach, our nonprofit organization, works with local communities and organizations to implement initiatives addressing climate change.
By signing the Tourism Climate Emergency Declaration, we will further reduce our carbon footprint as we commit to the following points:
Within 12 months, we will have a detailed plan to help us to monitor, evaluate, and improve our environmental impact. As we publish this plan, our internal management along with the impact of our supply chain will be more transparent and accountable.
2. Sharing our commitment and progress publicly
Once finalized, we will share our report publicly and update everyone on our annual progress.
3. Cutting carbon emissions
Khiri Travel accepts current IPCC advice that strongly recommends cutting global carbon emissions. Collectively, we can achieve the target of reducing carbon emissions to 55% below the 2017 levels. By 2030, we can keep the planet within 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming if we limit CO2 levels to under 450 ppm. Khiri Travel is currently in the process of calculating our carbon footprint, with our long-term goal of being carbon neutral by the end of 2020. Moreover, we will implement a system that enables us to offset emissions from all our tours in our seven destinations. We will implement various eco-friendly initiatives, which will reduce the carbon footprint of our itineraries. Our Climate Emergency Plan will offer a transparent and measurable account of our actions. We will progressively increase our reductions throughout sustainable business practices and travel products.
Khiri Travel works closely with partners and suppliers to actively raise awareness and participate in eco-friendly initiatives. With our competitors and within the industry, we work towards having unified and widely accepted sustainable best practices in Asia.
5. Advocating permanent change
Khiri Travel recognizes the need for systemic change across the whole travel and hospitality industry. As we call for urgent regulatory action to accelerate the transition towards zero-carbon air travel, Khiri Travel financially supports local partners that are dedicated to conserving their local environment.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at [email protected].
For more information about Tourism Declars a Climate Emergency, please visit tourismdeclares.