Our Sustainability Commitment
Recognising that climate change poses a threat to the global economy, nature and society-at-large, Evia Private Tours commits to take action immediately in order to:
1. Halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030
2. Achieve net zero emissions before 2050
3. Disclose our progress on a yearly basis
In doing so, we are proud to commit against SME Climate Hub efforts (recognized by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign) by signing the SME Climate Commitment and joining governments, businesses, cities, regions, and universities around the world with the same mission.
What does it mean in practice to commit to taking action immediately?
Since making the SME Climate Commitment, we have started taking immediate action for our Sustainability Commitment.
Evia Private Tours is expected to take the following key steps within six months of making the commitment (as set on the end of August 2023):
- We will quantify our current greenhouse gas emissions, e.g. by using the Business Carbon Calculator on the SME Climate Hub or an external tool of comparable accuracy.
- We are setting short and medium-term goals for emission reductions in line with the commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 at the latest.
- We are developing a plan to achieve our emission reduction targets.
- We are starting taking concrete action to reduce emissions from the identified key areas.
- We will encourage businesses within our network to take action.
What are Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions?
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol provides the leading standards on how to quantify and manage emissions & categorises emissions as follows:
Scope 1 – All direct greenhouse gas emissions. This includes emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the business such as company vehicles and company facilities.
In line with this commitment, we offset our CO2 emissions for the last 3 quarters of 2023. We have done 46K kilometres with our two vehicles which translates to 8.8 metric tones. Along with Travel Sustainable International, we work together to minimise as much as possible our footprint and we are setting goals for further actions.
Scope 2 – All indirect greenhouse gas emissions arising from electricity, heat or steam consumption.
Scope 3 – Value chain emissions related to the business’s suppliers, customers and employees. This includes emissions from purchased goods and services, transportation, the use and disposal of your sold products, business travel and employee commuting.
What does it mean to achieve net zero emissions before 2050?
To reach a state of net zero emissions, we must reduce our emissions by at least 90% and counterbalance the remaining residual emissions with durable or permanent carbon removals. The term “residual” refers to emissions that cannot technically be eliminated. Such residual emissions shall not exceed 10% of baseline emissions.
What does it mean to disclose progress on a yearly basis?
In addition to making a commitment and taking action to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net zero emissions before 2050, we should also transparently communicate our progress on an annual basis.
SME Climate Hub Committed Businesses are also encouraged to publicly report their progress annually by including this data into their annual reports and their sustainability reports.
Do you recommend investments in carbon credits, “compensation” or “offsetting”?
If we do not protect and restore nature for it to become a carbon sink, we are unlikely to keep global warming at even 2 degrees Celsius. Therefore, corporate leaders have an additional imperative to contribute to nature-positive goals. This can be accomplished today by purchasing high quality carbon credits on the voluntary carbon markets to support nature-based solutions and by investing in carbon removals.
Carbon credits can be used to “counterbalance” emissions which cannot currently be removed. However, these credits should not be considered as “offsets” or “compensation”. Purchasing carbon credits should only be used as a complement to halving emissions before 2030 towards net zero, and should never be substituted for reducing emissions or developing and scaling climate solutions to reduce global warming.
To ensure impact, it is important to select projects carefully. By purchasing carbon credits, we always select using certified, relatively new carbon credits, which are coming from projects aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.
At net zero, any residual emissions that cannot technically be removed, should be counterbalanced by durable carbon removals. Until this state is reached, we cannot claim to be net zero.