We are committed to reducing our adverse effect on the environment. Therefore, VOPO has calculated the emissions from air, land & sea travel to offset them by supporting projects that have a positive social and environmental impact.
What is Offsetting?
Even though current forms of transport can be incredibly convenient and it allows us to visit some of the world's most remote and beautiful places, it is also responsible for releasing greenhouse gases. Proven to have negative effects on the health of humans and the natural environment.
Because of this, we have calculated the fuel emissions for each route and vessel taken during the expedition in an attempt to equalise our impact. The projects we support help empower and create positive environmental and social change in the world.
All of the carbon offsetting projects are verified. Meaning, they meet strict international standards that certify the validity of the projects. These initiatives ultimately help mitigate the negative effects from travel.
Be a part of the expedition by choosing how we offset our emissions and equalise our impact. Learn about the offset projects below, then choose your favourite.
1. electric garbage
Generating Sustainable Energy from Wastewater in Thailand
The Kornburi Wastewater Treatment Project is located at a tapioca starch processing plant in the Kornburi District of Northern Thailand.
Biogas from wastewater is captured and burned to generate electricity and heat that powers the factory, preventing approximately 39,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.
2. protect png forests
Preserving Lush Forests & Ancient Cultures in Papua New Guinea
The April Salumei Rainforest Conservation project area is home to 164 forest-dependent communities. These communities have strong cultural ties to the forest, and a common desire to protect their environment while developing basic local necessities like clean water, solar power and the establishment of sustainable productive activities.
Supporting this project helps the communities to achieve these goals while protecting virgin tropical rainforests from commercial threats.
3. river energy
Creating Dam-Free Hydro Power in Indonesia
This micro hydro power plant makes use of the natural flow of water to generate sustainable power for the island of Sulawesi, without the need for a retaining dam.
The project utilises the natural fall of water between the upper Moaat lake and the lower Iloloy lake to generate low impact sustainable energy. The hydro plant has an installed capacity of 3 MW only, making it heavily dependent on additional funding from carbon revenues.