Major players in Asia’s bustling tourism industry have a duty to uphold and protect the region’s natural and cultural resources and to create a net-positive impact on destinations and the people living in them.
In Laos, charcoal and wood are the most common forms of fuel for cooking. In addition to the carbon emissions and air pollution this causes, the resulting demand also leads to significant deforestation and environmental degradation.
EXO Travel has recently joined up with NEXUS for Development in an ambitious new carbon offset strategy that seeks compensate for the carbon emissions of its travellers by alleviating this problem.
To achieve this, EXO will purchase an estimated 8,318 carbon credits based on the calculated carbon emissions of each and every flight its travellers will take. This equates to roughly $150,000 in donations which will go towards providing efficient cookstoves to local people in Laos.
Through the Laos Improved Cookstove Programme, locals artisans receive training on how to create cookstoves that require less fuel which, in turn, equates to less forest degradation, cleaner air and more money in the pockets of locals.
In all, the project aims to sell 420,000 improved stoves over an eight-year period through the purchasing of carbon credits and supporting three sustainable development goals: Good Health & Well Being, Affordable & Clean Energy, Climate Action.
EXO’s contributions will result in the following suprising benefits:
+14,243 cookstove units purchased
– $1.2 million USD on biomass fuels expenditure
+77,748 people supported
– 488 Acute Lower Respiratory Infection cases equivalent to savings of $14,111 USD
+8,350 Tonnes of wood fuels saved
Avoided 221 Hectares of forest degradation equivalent to $28,755 USD
Saved 172,734 hours in collecting fuel
This is just one of many ambitious initiatives that EXO Travel has undertaken to ensure that its role in the tourism industry and the destinations affected by it make for a better, brighter and cleaner future in Asia.