SOURCE: Green Globe Certification

Green Globe Certification

April 19, 2010 07:00 ET

Green Globe Certification Partners With Atmosfair for Carbon Offsets

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) -  Green Globe Certification

Green Globe Certification, the leading certification program for sustainability in travel and tourism, announces a new partnership with Atmosfair for carbon offsetting.

Atmosfair's carbon offset program invests funds in 100% CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) Gold Standard projects which include: solar energy substitution for diesel power generation in India; efficient wood fuel stoves in Nigeria; and small hydro power generation in Honduras, among many others.

Green Globe Certification CEO, Mr. Guido Bauer, said, "It is imperative that travel and tourism take action regarding carbon pollution. We already recognise that the travel industry is both a significant contributor to greenhouse gases and at the same time highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Carbon dioxide emissions from the industry's transport, accommodation and other tourism activities are estimated to account for between 4% and 6% of total global emissions. If action is not taken, tourism's contribution to CO2 emissions could grow by 150% in the next 30 years, based on UNWTO tourism market forecasts."

Atmosfair CEO, Dr. Dietrich Brockhagen, said, "Today, players from the industry and clients around the world ask for climate solutions, when it comes to investment and business decisions. We assist the industry in finding cost effective carbon abatement solutions. While the investment cycles in the hotel, aviation and shipping sector are long, there are good opportunities to combine climate protection and cost savings. Carbon offsetting plays a vital role for those carbon emissions that cannot be reduced otherwise."

Carbon offsetting is an essential criterion for tourism businesses to be awarded certification by Green Globe Certification. Along with all efforts made to reduce a business's carbon footprint, the remaining carbon liability should be offset by investing in projects that are recognized as CDM Gold Standard.

About Atmosfair

Atmosfair was founded in 2004 and is an initiative of forum anders reisen, an association of over 140 small and mid-sized German tour operators; due to its high standards it has been awarded time and again the first place in international quality rankings; the start up was supported by the German Federal Environmental Ministry. For more information visit: www.atmosfair.de/en

About Green Globe Certification

Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability certification based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and operates in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification company to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information visit www.greenglobe.com

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Green Globe
    Bradley Cox, Green Globe Director of Communications
    phone +1-310-337-3000; toll free 1-800-915-7920; fax +1-310-626-9982
    skype bradleygcox
    Green Globe Certification, 703 Pier Avenue, Suite B286, Hermosa Beach, California 90254 / U.S.A.

    Atmosfair
    Philipp Poll, Hotel industry adviser, atmosfair gGmbH,
    phone +49-30-6273550-13; fax: +49-30-6273550-29
    Atmosfair gGmbH, Zossener Str. 55-58, 10961 Berlin
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