Responsible Travel

SDG 13 Climate action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

"Climate change is a real and undeniable threat to our entire civilization. The effects are already visible and will be catastrophic unless we act now. We can make the necessary changes to protect the planet through education, innovation, and adherence to our climate commitments."

(Source: The Global Goals)

As an organization that views sustainability as a fundamental guiding principle, we recognize that minimizing our environmental footprint, particularly in relation to air travel, is crucial. Although we endeavor to avoid flights wherever possible, some travel remains unavoidable.

We take our responsibility to the environment seriously. Therefore, we continuously strive to optimize our business practices and identify more sustainable options to reduce our contribution to climate change and support a livable future for generations to come.

Based on calculations, we reached 138,15 tonns of CO2 emissions for flights in 2023.

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As a globally active association, we have enormous leverage in helping shape the transformation toward sustainable mobility on an international scale. With over 300 members along the entire value chain, we enjoy a remarkable outreach.

Our visibility and impact are results of our global activities. This is where conflicting goals arise. On the one hand, we must carry our vision and our purpose across borders. We need to encourage people to participate, we need to create an effective cross-industry ecosystem. For this, our decision-makers need to travel and spread our message and persuade relevant stakeholders to join forces. On the other hand, we clearly intend to reduce our emissions which are primarily fed by air travel. We will also travel in the future. However, we will reflect on relevance, frequency, and envisaged effect of every travel rather critical.

For the CharIN global team to travel less, we are establishing regional structures in other regions of the world. We are building sustainable structures, found new entities and enable new people to take over. This is a well-established procedure with our international offices in Hongkong, Japan, USA and we are currently ramping-up structures in Singapore to realize decentralized activities in South-East Asia as well.

According to our CharIN strategy we believe in global collaboration and knowledge transfer. Our vision is to create a global ecosystem with regional activities based on our joint vision. This approach will help us to cut down travel related emissions of our CharIN global team. Reducing emissions via regional structures is our priority, compensating emissions of travel activities that we understand to be of systemic relevance will be a matter of course.

  • 138

    Tonnes of CO2 Emissions for flights in 2023

About the Project

We have presented CO2 compensation projects focusing on e-mobility, and the CharIN community voted live at EVS36 in Sacramento in June. The travel emissions caused by the CharIN team in 2023 will be compensated through the following project:

The establishment and expansion of electric public transportation in East Africa, along with the associated reduction of air pollution, noise pollution, and health risks, has convinced us just as much as the diversification of modes of transport - from buses and taxis to rickshaws and motorcycles!

For 2024, we are committed to supporting a certified offsetting project that meets strict environmental standards and demonstrably contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Join us on our journey to professionalize our sustainability efforts and approaching our sustainability goals.

  • Total savings
    approx. 2000 tonnes of CO₂ per year in the medium term
  • Technology transfer
    E-bikes as taxis with solar charging stations in Uganda. Expansion planned to include other vehicle types for local public transport: electric motorbikes, rickshaws and buses.
  • Local environment
    Reduction of air and noise pollution
  • Further benefits
    Avoidance of health risks such as respiratory infections and stress through cleaner and quieter transport, development and strengthening of local value chains/small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Project partners
    EURIST; FABIO (Uganda)
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By selecting compensation projects close to our CharIN mission we help accelerate the energy and e-mobility transformation in regions we are also active in.

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