The tourism sector accounts for approximately 8% of global carbon emissions*. As a stakeholder in the tourism industry and a committed company in this sector, we believe that we have a responsibility and are taking action to reduce this figure.
In partnership with OuiAct, a consulting firm specializing in climate strategy, we have conducted an impact study on the behavior of our travel community, as well as the emissions related to travel. The goal of this study is to better understand the carbon footprint of traveling and to change the practices of the sector and of the travelers.
The results of this study are clear: although as a form of accomodation, home exchanging is one of the lowest emitters (after camping in a tent), it is the choice of the mode of transportation and activities that carry the biggest weight in the carbon footprint of holidaymakers.
Among the key findings of the impact study:
As a company, we are committed to reducing our own carbon footprint but also to implementing an action plan to encourage our members to adopt more environmentally-friendly travel practices. While home exchange is a low-carbon way to travel compared to other accommodation options, it is only the first step to traveling more sustainably.
Our motto? To make simple travel desirable!
And for this, we are committed to:
This study is part of the climate strategy that we initiated in 2019. These results confirm the importance of acting on factors other than sustainable accommodation to reduce the carbon footprint of travel. We have therefore decided to initiate future actions to reduce the carbon footprint of each of our members by -4% to -6% per year by 2030.
If more and more tourism stakeholders engage in similar approaches, more data will be available to complete our analyses in order to identify the best ways to reduce our collective carbon footprint.
We therefore call on all tourism stakeholders (companies, communities, associations) to join us in a more sustainable approach.
*according to a study across 160 countries, published in 2018 in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change