Sustainable Travel News & Views

News and Views

Sustainability can be a daunting subject! So much chatter and so many opinions. At TerraVerde we are keenly aware of this and aim to empower our readers by sharing some of the most insightful and relevant news and views.

A Net-Zero Roadmap for Travel & Tourism.

sustainable tourism

It’s been another big week for global climate action with promising headlines on political collaborations from COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference. For travel & tourism the headline grabbing news is the release of the World Travel & Tourism Council‘s Target Framework for the Travel & Tourism sector. The roadmap covers a lot of ground and will […]

Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality

Sustainable hotel, lush foliage by a pool

It’s been a great week for advancing greener tourism. With the launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism yesterday and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance announcing its Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality, we are witnessing collaboration, commitment and real action on climate change from many within the industry. At TerraVerde we are particularly impressed with the ambition set […]

Hertz & Tesla – Deal or no deal?

Hertz & Tesla deal

Last week Hertz announced a deal to buy 100,000 Tesla Model 3s. The company also announced it would be investing in EV infrastructure, giving customers access to 3,000 Tesla supercharging stations throughout the U.S and Europe.  During the height of the pandemic, when demand for rental cars had plummeted Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection. The announcement signals the recovery of the […]

Isn’t there a greener and fairer way to travel in the UK?

UK train travel

Just one day after receiving advice from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) to “take further action to discourage people from flying”; The government announced changes to Air Passenger Duty (APD) which could result in approximately 410,000 more short-haul UK passenger journeys a year (according to a forecast by The Office for Budget responsibility). Instead, couldn’t there […]

Sustainable high-speed flight. Boom!

Supersonic sustainable flight

Concorde was technologically ahead of its time, but sadly proved economically unviable and environmentally unsustainable. Building on Concorde’s legacy BOOM has developed a Net-Zero supersonic plane.  United Airlines is the first US airline to sign a purchase order for 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, which will run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel. From 2029 passengers can expect to travel […]

Let’s look beyond trees

Let's look beyond trees

Blue carbon is the term used to describe carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems. Seagrass meadows, salt marshes and mangroves, sequester significantly more carbon per hectare than forests (both boreal and tropical). Typically blue carbon offsetting projects are associated with tropical mangrove swamps; this looks set to change with the release of the “Manual […]

(and I will try) to fix you!

(and I will) try to fix you

Coldplay have announced plans to make their 2022 world tour as “sustainable as possible” Measures include: A kinetic dance floor, so fans can generate some of the electricity for the concert.  Planting a tree for every ticket sold.  10% of earnings being donated to environmental and social causes. Installing solar panels. Discounts for Fans who commit to […]

Google takes steps to make travel greener

Which would you choose?

Google processes approximately 5.6 billion searches per day, this epic volume of search data provides sharp insights into customer behaviour and trends. When Google adds a new feature you can be sure it’s in response to rising consumer interest.  Two recently announced features have captured the attention of the travel industry. It’s now possible to see […]

The Spanish government is being held to account for the ecological damage.

Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, Mar Menor

The Spanish government is being held to account for the ecological damage of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, Mar Menor. Earlier this week ClientEarth announced that it was submitting a formal complaint to the European Commission, as Spain’s failure to safeguard this protected site, breaches EU and national laws. Soledad Gallego Clientearth’s wildlife and habitats lawyer said: “Continuing […]

How many cats are in the cloud

How many cats are in the cloud? Reducing our digital carbon footprint.

Videos featuring cats on YouTube have received over 26 Billion views! Take a moment to considered the collective digital carbon footprint of all those kitties. According to a recent report by ClimateCare the carbon footprint of our gadgets, the internet and the systems supporting them accounts for 3.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, similar to the that […]

7 tips to reduce the environmental impact of your next flight.

View of Manhatten from a plane window

Transatlantic friends and family will soon be reunited, after the US announced last week, that it was easing travel restrictions for international visitors, vaccinated against Covid-19.  Following the announcement Virgin Atlantic reported a 600% surge in flight bookings to the US.  Like many others I am delighted to see travel opening up and the industry […]

Spot the big five in Italy on a European safari

European safari - sustainable travel

Safaris have long been synonymous with Africa, but that could soon change thanks to an exciting partnership between Rewilding Europe and the European Safari Company.  Rewilding Europe’s aim is to create at least 10 large, rewilded landscapes in different regions across Europe, whilst exploring ways in which people can earn a fair living from the wild. The European Safari Company […]

Lumo – new budget intercity rail service to rival airlines.

Lumo UK electric train service to rival internal flights

“Travelling in the UK should not cost a fortune and it certainly shouldn’t be the planet that pays” Said Helen Wylde, managing director at Lumo as they announced their new budget intercity rail service.  The company hopes to carry more than one million passengers a year between London and Edinburgh and claims its Hitachi AT300 electric trains, will […]