TLC will link its Carbon Mitigation and Offset price to the European Allowances (EUA) Market

TLC offset principles include:
• Only targeting natural carbon offsets that are also linked directly to biodiversity preservation, regeneration of restoration

• Not to seek the cheapest form of offset for business but align the offset cost per ton to either: the European Carbon Futures Market price; or Physical Carbon European Union Carbon Allowances price per ton. See tracker price below). This puts a mandatory and independently verifiable figure to carbon.

• A willingness to consider biodiversity only related offset, not just carbon, where the value of that biodiversity can be scientifically verified independent of carbon impacts.

• We will align and promote offset projects that have been aligned to the UN or other multi-national verified projects

TLC signs the The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism

The Declaration is aiming to:

  • Define a clear and consistent sector-wide message and approach to climate action in the coming decade, aligned with the wider scientific framework and urgency to act now. 
  • Outline the pathways and specific actions that will accelerate tourism’s ability to transform tourism and achieve net zero emissions as soon as possible. 
  • Encourage signatories across the tourism industry to demonstrate their public support for scaling up the sector’s response to the climate emergency.

The signatories of the Glasgow Declaration agree on five shared pathways to ensure climate action is aligned across all of tourism sector: Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance.

View the details on: https://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/programmes/sustainable-tourism/glasgow-declaration

Measuring Hotels Carbon impacts, should include Guest Travel as part of Scope 3 CO2e emissions, it is the largest component of your operational CO2 harm impact.

Not including guest travel and not going to scope 3 in your hotels/ resorts CO2 emissions measure is like trying to weigh yourself while keeping a foot on the floor to support most of the weight; a bit daft and a lot self defeating

The pie chart graphic is for a real world UK hotel 2019 carbon, it demonstrates how guest and business travel represents 50% of their total CO2 emissions. For ‘long haul’ hotels and resorts such as the Maldives, we have seen the Guest Travel component being higher than 70% of total!

I understand why a hotel may not want to consider this element, but the measure is relatively easy to acquire the data for it being as easy as asking—- where did you travel from? It’s also relatively easy to mitigate against.
Ask us how, and ask TLC and our partners how you can get your guests to be part of that mitigation strategy.

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Scope 1:
All direct emissions produced by a reporting company, such as
emissions from fuel combustion on site for heating or cooking, and
emissions from fuel used in company owned vehicles.

Scope 2:
Indirect emissions from purchased electricity, steam, heating, or
cooling a company uses across its facilities. These emissions are
considered indirect, because they are generated off-site to produce
energy that is then consumed by the reporting company .

Scope 3:
Represents all other indirect emissions that are a result of activities
that occur in the value chain. This includes 15 categories:
1.Purchased Goods and Services
2: Capital Goods
3: Fuel- and Energy-Related Activities Not Included in Scope 1 or Scope 2
4: Upstream Transportation and Distribution
5: Waste Generated in Operations
6: Business Travel
7: Employee Commuting
8: Upstream Leased Assets
9: Downstream Transportation and Distribution
10: Processing of Sold Products
11: Use of Sold Products
12: End-of-Life Treatment of Sold Products
13: Downstream Leased Assets
14: Franchises
15: Investments

More information on Scope 3 and a Greenhouse Gas tool to help you measure can be found on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s website: https://ghgprotocol.org/

TLC signs the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Pledge

The Climate Neutral Now Initiative is one of several initiatives launched by the UNFCCC secretariat to increase climate action by engaging non-Party stakeholders (sub-national governments, companies, organizations, individuals). It was launched in 2015 based on a mandate to promote the voluntary use of carbon market mechanisms recognized under the Convention.  

https://unfccc.int/climate-action/climate-neutral-now

The Climate Neutral Now Initiative encourages and supports organizations and other interested stakeholders to act now in order to achieve a climate neutral world by 2050 as enshrined in the Paris Agreement.  The initiative is NOT a certification scheme for its participants. It is a tool to promote additional voluntary action on climate, and to provide recognition for it. Claims of carbon neutrality, net zero or similar are out of the scope of Climate Neutral Now, even when participation in the initiative can help stakeholders advance in their path to achieve those certifications through suitable standards and processes.

Graph explaining the process to become climate neutral

TLC links with Surrey University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to deliver Open Lectures on Sustainability

We are pleased to announce that TLC will partner with Surrey University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to deliver open lectures on Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism.

Coming in 2022 as part of the wider RESET Hospitality and Tourism Sustainably summit

More details to come!

TLC Endorses the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets – launched by Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance

Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets

Endorsement Letter September 2021
In order to achieve the 1.5C Paris ambition, the world needs substantial emission reductions. We, as leaders in our organizations, understand this. Further, we support a clear mitigation hierarchy for companies: reducing emissions comes first, carbon credits are an important complement.

Large, high-integrity, voluntary carbon markets (VCM) play an important role in mitigating climate change by enabling billions of dollars flowing to projects that help avoid, reduce, remove and sequester CO2 emissions. In order to accelerate climate action, we need investments into both avoidance / reduction as well as removal / sequestration credits.

We are pleased to see that the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM) issued a report on July 8th that marks a significant step forward in bringing integrity and scale to these crucial markets. We broadly support the recommendations of TSVCM, notably:
• Governance: We support the setup of an umbrella governance body to oversee the VCMs landscape, to increase credit quality and harmonize standards
• Legal & contracts: We stand by standardized core carbon reference terms that drive liquidity in the market, thereby supporting a transparent price signal
• Credit-level Integrity: We support the framework for Core Carbon Principles and additional attributes that ensure high quality standards and credibility. Once operational, we will develop, trade and purchase credits adhering to those principles

We are committed to leading our organizations to net zero and averting the climate crisis.
We believe this effort by the TSVCM increases our ability to do so.
Signed
Leo Downer
Executive Director
TLC Harmony/ TLC Health Travel Ltd

The Wealthy contribute most to climate change and can and should be using their power to tackle it.

Its great when you comes across an article and research that really supports your policy position,

The outsized potential of the wealthy and well-connected to accelerate climate action

“The world’s wealthy contribute significantly more to climate change than others. But they can also play an outsized role in the fight against climate change through personal choices and influence on others, and should be encouraged to wield this power, researchers argue in a paper in Nature Energy.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-021-00900-y

https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2021/10/those-with-wealth-and-connections-need-to-use-their-influence-for-a-climate-win/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=those-with-wealth-and-connections-need-to-use-their-influence-for-a-climate-win

TLC Harmony spoke at the the Institute of Travel and Tourism Conference 11th – 14th September 2021

TLC Harmony had a great time at the 2021 Institute of Travel and Tourism Conference, held on the MSC cruise ship leaving from Southampton. Our position was clearly that:

Tourism relies on the Natural World for the highlights in the traveler experience.
And the Natural World, in turn, should be able to rely on tourism

You can read the full txt of our speech on the link below

What they say about Chris Huhne | Chris Huhne

What is the True Price of Harm of a Plastic Water or Beverage Bottle?

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There are a number of initiatives to promote recycling to reduce the amount of plastic waste going into landfills, the environment and oceans. While plastic recycling has an important role to play, more impactful is reducing plastic use, and part of that reduction would be us, the consumer, knowing what the true cost of harm of these plastic bottles do for Climate, Nature and People.

TLC Harmony doesn’t stick with just carbon footprints. If you are going to measure harm, then measure it across the true range of harm areas: Climate, Nature, Biodiversity, People.

My background is in health improvement and crime reduction for the UK government. We do not measure crime just by measuring shoplifting (the highest level of offending) and miss our burglary, robbery, violence and murder, that has a much higher cost to people and the state. So with that said lets check out the harms of a bottle of water.

Lets see if we can put a per bottle cost to total harm impact:

  • Marine Harm cost per bottleDr Nicola Beaumont, environmental economist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory estimates that plastic waste costs up to $33,000 per ton. One ton of PET plastic makes 20,000 bottles. So that single plastic bottle of water you just paid $1 dollar for, creates $1.65 US dollars of environmental marine harm if it gets to the ocean. Research published by Nature Sustainability identifies plastic takeaway beverage and food containers are the largest contributor to ocean plastic pollution. The estimate is that 10% of plastic bottles reach the ocean (Greenpeace – Plastic Debris in the World’s Oceans, 2006), so the minimum marine surcharge per bottle for impacts upon the ocean is 16 cents.

. Cost to Collect and Clean up the Bottles – The UK government reports that plastic packaging producers only pay around 10% of the cost of dealing with packaging waste, leaving the remaining 90% to us the taxpayer to pick up the bill, we are therefore subsidising business to pollute our environment.

The UK government is considering a Deposit Return Scheme of around 20p a bottle but this will not be implemented until 2024.

So the cost to clean up the plastic bottle waste to taxpayers is 20p (28 US cents)

Carbon Dioxide cost per bottle – There is quite a bit of information on the carbon footprint per bottle of water. Larger bottles are equivalently less than smaller bottles. For instance a 500ml of PET plastic beverage bottle produces 82.8g of atmospheric carbon dioxide, this includes: transportation of raw materials: 29% Plastic resins: 30% Creating the bottle: 8%

With a US figure of $51 dollars per ton of CO2 the carbon cost of a plastic bottle of water is 0.00006 cents.

Negligible per bottle. And that is why you do not base your harm analysis on a single variable such as carbon dioxide!

Human Health cost per bottle – This variable will be a little bit harder to assess. There is a mixture here of plastics and/or other toxins directly consumed in the bottled water, but probably more impactful is the microplastics we consume in our food, particularly seafood, caused by plastic waste in our oceans breaking down and entering the food chain.

A study found 93% of bottled water had microplastic within it the analysis looked at 259 bottles from 19 locations in nine countries across 11 different brands, it found an average of 325 plastic particles for every litre of water being sold.

The World Health Organization (WHO) (SAPEA, 2019;
WHO, 2019). Leslie and Depledge (2020), suggest that there is ‘no evidence to indicate a human health concern, but a number of researchers have queried this statement particularly more recently.

Plastic is a human health crisis hiding in plain sight. Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, authored by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), IPEN, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), University of Exeter, and UPSTREAM. Wow its a long report and will take me a while to review and come up with a figure for human health costs per bottle.

Bisphenol A – Other than the plastic there is significant data on a plastic additive found in plastic food and drink containers that that has received considerable attention in relation to its human health effects is bisphenol A. There are numerous studies showing that BPA can migrate out of polycarbonate and contaminate foodstuffs and drinks, and oral ingestion
is considered the major route of exposure of the human population.

Bisphenol A exerts its biological activity predominantly through interaction with steroid hormone receptors, showing both estrogenic and antiandrogenic activity.

BPA at levels found in the general population, around 0.2–20 ng/ml (values given for urinary BPA), is associated with adverse human health effects, including the onset of obesity and cardiovascular disease

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LAND and FRESH WATER – The impact to land and fresh water biodiversity hasn’t been developed yet.

I hope you have enjoyed this initial analysis, it is the start of the review and needs further work but already you can start to see that fixating on carbon dioxide alone is an absolute nonsense, no wonder industry says lets stick with Carbon zero targets in a few decades!!!!

I’ll be back!