At Wexas Travel Management, we're committed to minimising the effects of our business on the environment. We’ve financially supported conservation projects through the Royal Geographical Society since 1970 and are actively supporting both community-based and environmental charities through the Wexas Travel Foundation, established in 2007.
In addition, the company is committed to a comprehensive environmental policy:
- Wexas publications use sustainable forestry sources
- We use the latest technology available to provide energy saving benefits. When computer systems are upgraded we donate the original equipment to charitable organisations such as Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London
- Our offices are cleaned using environmentally friendly cleaning products only and consumables (such as hand towels) are made from recycled paper
- Our booking system is paperless and, where possible, all records are kept on systems rather than paper files. Additionally, we use e-ticketing to further reduce paper consumption
- The creation of wastepaper is minimised and what there is, where practical, is pulped and recycled
- Our policy is to use public transport for UK business travel
Carbon offsetting & carbon protection
Wexas offered a carbon-offsetting scheme long before it was fashionable to do so. We are fully aware that carbon offsetting has attracted fierce debate. With no trade standards relating to offset schemes, it is important to research the integrity of an organisation before committing, and not to treat offsetting as a licence to pollute at will.
In order for you to be able to carbon offset all your organisation's journeys, we've chosen two carbon offset schemes that cover travel by plane, train and car. Both offer projects that are accredited by the recognised Gold Standard.
UK-based Climatecare offers offset calculators for flights and car journeys, as well as for personal energy use at home. It supports projects that protect rainforests in Sierra Leone, provide efficient cooking stoves in Kenya and develop renewable energy sources in China. For more information, visit climatecare.org.
Carbon Footprint Ltd
Another UK-based organisation, Carbon Footprint Ltd offers calculators for travel by air, car, motorbike, bus and rail. Projects that you can choose to contribute towards include planting trees in the UK, reforestation in Kenya and the Americas and community-based projects that provide clean drinking water and efficient cooking stoves around the world. For more information, visit carbonfootprint.com.
Wexas Travel Foundation
The principal of offsetting remains the same – to neutralise the carbon dioxide emissions produced by business and personal activity. However, by supporting Cool Earth through the Wexas Travel Foundation you can do far more than just offset your daily emissions. Sponsoring just one acre of rainforest through Cool Earth will protect around 20 times the amount of carbon dioxide you’re likely to produce in a year.