Sustainability at Mountain IQ

Travel should drive positive change for people and the planet

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Responsible travel principles underpin everything we do

Travelling is incredibly rewarding and a huge privilege. But far too often it comes at a great cost to our planet and doesn't equitably benefit people.

At Mountain IQ we're passionate about mission-based adventure, where travellers get to reach summits in their own life whilst leaving a positive impact on the planet.

Our sustainability approach is designed using the 3Ps approach - People, Planet and Profit. The bigger we get as a business the greater our positive impact.

Take only memories, leave only footprints.

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How we make a positive impact 

We invest 1% of revenues (not profits) in environmental protection projects, more than offset the carbon impact of our trips through re-wilding and tree planting initiatives, and ensure at least 80% of every $1 we receive benefits local economies.

People

Every travel partner we work with is a local operator and we ensure at least 80% of every $1 we receive goes into local economies. 

Planet

We are in a climate crisis and need collective action to avoid catastrophe. In partnership with South Pole we ensure our trips result in a net carbon reduction.

Profit

In partnership with One Percent for the Planet, we set aside 1% of our revenue (not profit) for environmental protection and conservation projects.

We're also a signatory of the Tourism Declares Climate Emergency

We’ve signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030. 

Like all signatories, we have committed to the following five actions:

1. Develop a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ within the next 12 months, which sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade.

2. Share an initial public declaration of our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’, and update on progress each year.

3. Accept current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming. We’ll ensure our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ represents actions designed to achieve this as a minimum, through delivering transparent, measurable and increasing reductions in the total carbon emissions per customer arising from our operations and the travel services sold by us. 

4. Encourage our suppliers and partners to make the same declaration; sharing best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community

5. Advocate for change. We recognise the need for system change across the industry to accelerate a just transition towards carbon-free tourism.

Please consider also declaring at www.tourismdeclares.com, and follow on @tourismdeclares on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin

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