At Powder Byrne we are looking to a more sustainable future and committing to being responsible with our use of the environment and its resources. We endeavour to manage this through considering the impact of our services and operations on nature and the environment in our sustainability policy.
Carbon offsetting is at the heart of our commitments to mitigate and lower the impact our business has on the environment. We also strive to achieve a more sustainable approach to our operations and services through the 3R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse, recycle.
REFORESTATION IN COSTA RICA
Flying has a huge impact on the world in terms of carbon emissions. To reduce the impact of our business we endeavour to offset our carbon where possible. We work alongside certified Gold Standard projects which are based in developing countries and strive to not only reduce CO2 but also advocate sustainable development in these countries. We are currently offsetting some of our carbon alongside Baum Invest, who have planted 655,000 trees in northern Costa Rica, one of the destinations in our Air & Space programme, which has reduced emissions of CO2 equivalents by 123,732 tonnes. Since our project was launched in November 2019, we have offset 145 tonnes of carbon, with plans to build on this in the near future.
Our ski guides are famous on the mountain for their red Powder Byrne ski jackets and smart appearance. We take great pride in looking after our kit and at the end of each season we retire some of older ski jackets and donate them to Kenya Treks, a member of Responsible Travel, which means they support local business and pay their staff fair wages. Kenya Treks recruit their guides and porters from the local community. Their team is registered with the Kenya Wildlife Service and their guides are Wilderness First Aid trained.
OUR IN-RESORT COMMITMENTS
Our in-resort teams are responsible for managing and recycling the waste that we produce across our resort operations and we work closely with our resort partners to ensure that we reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible. We have taken a significant step to reduce our use of single use plastic bottles through gifting personalised chilly bottles to our clients for use on their holiday and thereafter.
Green Ski Resorts
The green credentials of our partners is something we seriously consider and take into account when selecting which destinations, hotels and service providers we choose to work with. Some of our ski resort partners are at the forefront of sustainable skiing and environmental conservation in the mountains:
Flims and Laax have introduced their ‘greenstyle’ concept, using 100% renewable energy resources and protecting and replanting flora and fauna across the mountain.
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