Acorn's Carbon Offsetting Policy
Acorn Tourism Consulting Ltd takes its our responsibilities to the environment, local communities, customers, partners and employees very seriously and constantly review our policies and strive to make improvements where we can. Our aim is to combine innovative ideas and realistic solutions, with the principles of sustainable tourism. We are committed to showing how sustainable tourism can stimulate economic growth whilst conserving and supporting social, cultural and environmental factors. We have worked on community-based tourism development in the UK and in Belize, Ethiopia, Guyana amongst others and set up an environmental assessment accommodation scheme in The Falklands Islands.
Acorn provides tourism development consultancy services around the world and recognises that some of our services and operations can have an effect on the environment.
We have made the decision to offset our air travel to support grass roots carbon offsetting projects in the countries in which we operate. Acorn has worked on several projects in Lesotho and are committed to giving back to this country by donating to a carbon offsetting scheme which operates there.
The project is a solar home system for local and rural households throughout Lesotho. The local benefits include the avoidance of smoke and fire hazards compared to traditionally used paraffin lamps and candles which are based on fossil fuels and emit CO2 and Carbon monoxide, avoidance of respiratory diseases, creation of jobs, secure energy supply lamps can be used during evening hours, know-how and technology transfer, the battery can be used also for charging mobile phones and other electric devices. The CO2 reduction is approximately 2000t CO2/year.
Acorn have made the commitment to donate monthly to the charity Atmosfair which supports the distribution of Solar Home systems. By subscribing to this scheme in Lesotho we are trying to migrate the impact of our flights.