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How to Create a More Responsible Travel Service

Prioritizing sustainability in the travel industry is not just a “should do;” it’s a “must do.”

Travel industry service providers must take immediate action toward more responsible purchasing and operations. There is no time to waste, and the following key actions must be implemented to reduce the environmental impact and make a positive difference in the world:

Reduce Environmental Impact

The first step is to measure and track your company’s environmental impact accurately. Use tested and proven tools such as an STTN-approved carbon calculator. This will help you identify the most significant sources of emissions and track your progress toward achieving your sustainability objectives. By doing so, you will better understand the impact of your operational activities. You can implement appropriate measures to reduce your carbon footprint.

Improve Energy Efficiency

Achieving sustainability requires a crucial step in improving energy efficiency. You can significantly reduce energy usage and subsequent carbon footprint by upgrading to energy-efficient equipment, implementing energy-saving practices, and integrating renewable energy sources. By making these changes, service providers can confidently reduce their environmental impact while saving energy and cutting costs.

Reduce Water Consumption

Like all of our limited natural resources, water is a resource that should be utilized responsibly. One way to conserve water is to install water-efficient fixtures, adopt water-saving practices, and collect and use rainwater if practical. By taking these measures, service providers can reduce their water consumption, conserve water resources, and simultaneously lower their water bills.

Minimize Waste

To minimize waste, service providers can take a few steps, such as implementing recycling and composting programs, using reusable products, and reducing single-use products, including plastic straws and disposable cups. Such measures can reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a sustainable future.

Support Local Communities

Service providers can positively impact their communities by sourcing products and services from local suppliers, hiring local employees, and supporting local charities and organizations. Doing so can contribute to the local economy and create a sustainable future for all.

Improve DEI Commitments

Service providers can make significant improvements in their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by creating a workplace that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. They can also offer their employees training on unconscious bias and cultural sensitivity. Additionally, marketing to and serving a diverse customer base can help promote equality and create a more inclusive society.

Utilize Sustainability Tools

Tools such as One Planet Business, Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), Diversity Inc., and Social Value International (SVI) can assist service providers in calculating their emissions and enhancing their DEI initiatives and other social efforts. By using such tools, service providers can better understand their environmental and social impact and take appropriate actions to mitigate them.

 

By taking these steps, travel industry service providers can confidently move towards a more sustainable future and help create a positive impact on the environment and communities. 

 

These actions promote sustainability and contribute to long-term profitability and competitiveness. Service providers need to recognize the importance of sustainability and take action towards creating a better world for all.

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