From 2021 onwards, Boat Bike Tours will be carbon neutral. And we’re happy to explain how we got here. To do this, we go back to 2018, when Sea Going Green carried out a pilot study to determine our footprint.
The study covered our head office and three boats in our fleet: large, medium and small. The survey measured the estimated impact of all aspects of our tours including consumption of fuel, energy, water, meat, food, straws, paper placemats, towels, bedlinen and office supplies; and waste produced such as carbon emissions, garbage, recycling and grey/black waste water.
Main forms of impact
The study confirmed the three biggest areas of impact on our tours:
– fuel consumption/carbon emissions to power boats and provide electricity on board
– water consumption/waste water from laundry, guest usage and food preparation
– meals, in particular meat consumption
The data from the study was converted into an ecological footprint, which amounted to 266 kg of carbon emissions per guest per week in 2018. In 2019, the study was extended to the entire fleet. The average emissions per guest per week amounted to 243 kg of CO2. You can read the SGG report 2019 and learn more about the working method.
In 2020, due to the pandemic, some ships did not sail, some only sailed for a few weeks and a large part of the fleet only carried out half their planned voyages. This made it unrealistic to repeat the 2019 measurements. Based on the number of guests, Sea Going Green estimated emissions in 2020. The figures for 2019 were extrapolated for 2020. Due to the fact that ships operated with far fewer guests per tour, the average emissions per guest were much higher than in the previous year. You can read SGG Report 2020 here.
Boat Bike Tours sustainability strategy
Based on our pilot study, we came up with a three-step sustainability strategy:
- The 2019 measurement for all ships amounted to 243 kg of CO2 per guest per week. That is 3.800 tons kWh for the entire fleet, including the office.
- In 2021 we aim to reduce carbon emissions to a maximum of 160 kg per guest per week.
- For the CO2 emissions that we can’t (yet) reduce, we are compensating through our collaboration with Justdiggit. Having signed an agreement for 2021 and 2022, Justdiggit will now compensate 10,000 tons kWh over two years.
For more information and progress see on our offset partnership page.