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Hotelplan UK: Building a people, planet, and future focused approach to sustainable travel.

Hotelplan UK – part of Hotelplan Group - is the parent company of five well-established, specialist tour operators including Explore Worldwide, Inghams and Inntravel, known particularly for adventure travel, ski and walking holidays.

Why make a long term commitment to Carbon Removal?

Hotelplan UK believes in the need to create a future that benefits all, through equitable economic growth, social justice and environmental stability. The group is working hard to ingrain sustainability across its own business operations and the products it offers to passengers.

Since November 2022, Hotelplan UK and Klimate have collaborated to support and scale carbon removal solutions – an important element of the brand’s ongoing commitment to climate action.

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Hotelplan working to keep the environmental footprint of the Inntravel office as small as possible.

Carbon removal is just one element of the company’s holistic approach

It is important to Hotelplan UK that its carbon removal investment is more than a one-dimensional transaction; so Klimate has helped the business compile a portfolio that delivers co-benefits across pillars including climate, biodiversity and community.

Hotelplan UK has made climate action a responsibility shared by its entire team, from the board which aligns strategy, through to sustainability champions who act as stewards for executing change within every department. This requires team members having a base understanding of mitigation through carbon removal, something else provided by our partnership.

“Our climate action plan begins with us as an organisation measuring our emissions and setting pathways and targets for carbon reduction, because it’s our responsibility to be as light-footed as possible.

Then, we have the mitigation stage focused on removal and restoration, which is where Klimate comes in.

We need that trust - in the projects you are sourcing, the due diligence you go through – and rely on Klimate to then educate us. We get these insights into projects we’d never have heard about, stories we’d never have been able to uncover. That’s all critical.”

-Prue Stone

Director of Sustainability, Hotelplan UK

Trust and Transparency as the Base of Collaboration Hotelplan UK and Klimate were introduced by a mutual partner, a jumping off-point for a relationship built on trust. Together, we worked to build the right strategy, staying true to their ambition and ability. Hotelplan UK gathers finance for climate mitigation in line with its goals to invest alongside making internal reduction efforts. Each small contribution from its customers can help build big waves through strategic investment in carbon removal projects.

Insights into Hotelplan UK’s Climate Action Plan:

  1. Measure: Conduct a yearly carbon accounting process, or carbon audit, benchmarking Hotelplan UK’s progress and roadblocks.
  2. Reduce: Identify where each brand can take steps to reduce its carbon intensity whilst always delivering exceptional experiences for customers.
  3. Remove and Restore: Focused partnerships – principally with Klimate - to support the invaluable need for scaling carbon removal globally, whilst also working to restore biodiversity and wilderness.
  4. Communicate and Collaborate: Only through trusted partnerships and honest, transparent conversation can we all move towards a more socially just and healthy future.

Hotelplan UK’s Carbon Removal Investment Strategy: Carbon Contribution

The investment Hotelplan UK makes in carbon removal comes from a contribution for every customer that travels. The company discloses figures every quarter and Klimate then creates and delivers a diverse and hand-picked portfolio of carbon removal projects in its name.This strategy, centred around pooling funds to support climate mitigation efforts, presents a reputable alternative to conventional offsetting approaches, as it promotes the creation of impacts that extend beyond the typical value chain.

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Future Goals:

  • Hotelplan UK plans to invest over £700,000 in carbon removals in 2024, in parallel to taking steps to reducing its carbon footprint and supporting the restoration of biodiversity.
  • Following this mindset to continually improve their strategy, HPUK will invest in a greater share of highly permanent methods in their 2024 portfolio, in line with the guidance of the Oxford Offsetting Principles.
  • Also pursuing a dual target, they are working towards reducing 90% of operational emissions (what they consider to be Scopes 1 & 2) and 50% of Scope 3 by 2030.

“We have lots of different opportunities ahead of us; and we’re also aware there’s lots we need to get better at. We want to maintain a clear communication flow to engage and educate our team and customers so they can also get excited about these projects and technologies themselves. It’s important to have a good understanding of what’s happening in different parts of the world and why our decisions are so important.”

Prue Stone

Director of Sustainability, Hotelplan UK

Collaboration as a catalyst for impactful change.

Klimate is on a mission to accelerate and develop carbon removal technologies all over the world and the ongoing collaboration with Hotelplan UK is essential to delivering on this goal. Together, we’ve crafted a strategy–aligned with Hotelplan UK’s ambition and ability– that allows small customer contributions to have significant ripple effects when compiled through strategic investment in  carbon removal projects. This partnership showcases the power of collective action in addressing climate change to inspire change and a more sustainable future for generations to come.

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