Elm wildlife tours are "way ahead of the game" having progressed past carbon neutrality in 1997 through planting an 11 hectare forest during the winters from 1992 until 1996. Our forest today consists of 2 hectare's of native forest 1 hectare of eucalypt and the remainder in pinus radiata.
Many forms of carbon offsetting now exist but in the early 1990's planting trees was the most common, although unusual at the time. It is common now through various sources to purchase carbon offsets to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions created by air travel. This method is related to the concept of emissions trading. However, in contrast to emissions trading, which is regulated, carbon offsets generally refer to acts by individuals or companies that are arranged by commercial or not-for-profit carbon-offset providers.
We still prefer the practical, and measurable planting of trees. Elm Wildlife Tours as an organisation committed to being at least carbon neutral in the early ninety's took the practical approach when it purchased bare land and began planting an 11 hectare forest in 1992 to offset our carbon emissions. Seedlings were purchased and planted by our own staff each winter until 1995 when no more space was available for further planting. We have continued to tend the forest and now record a conservative carbon sequestration rate of approximately 258 tonnes per annum based on New Zealand ministry of Agriculture data (http://www.maf.govt.nz/forestry/pfsi/carbon-sequestration-rates.htm)
This sequestration rate well and truly exceedes our tour created carbon emissions of 53 tonnes pa by more than 200 tonnes. Our conservation ethic is further extended in the coastal replanting done by our organisation to assist in the conservation of Yellow-eyed penguins, a project also began on the 1990's.
From a small seedling to the forest of today we know we are making a difference