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Offsetting Now a Part of Guest Charge at Singita Properties

Glenn Hasek

Most of you have probably never heard of Singita but it is a company with concessions, reserves, lodges, and camps located in some of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas. Singita’s commitment to safeguard the precious wildlife and communities of these areas is entrenched in three core pillars: Biodiversity, Sustainability and Community, and it has been helping to preserve Africa’s wildlife and wilderness for the past 28 years.

“As an ecotourism and conservation brand, Singita is unwavering in its commitment to preserve and protect Africa’s wilderness for future generations,” the company says on its website.

Less than two weeks ago, Singita announced that it will automatically include a carbon neutral charge in every new booking from August 30, 2021, onward. The company says this will allow guests to seamlessly offset their carbon footprint. Funds generated will enable Singita to purchase verified carbon credits from accredited service providers in each region where it has properties. The charge is in line with Singita’s commitment to One Planet Living’s Zero Carbon Energy principle.

Says Dr. Andrea Ferry, Singita’s Group Sustainability Coordinator: “As an ecotourism and conservation brand, we believe we must play our part in fighting climate change. As part of our unwavering commitment to regenerative tourism, we are essentially enabling guests to enjoy a carbon neutral Singita stay by integrating a carbon emissions offset levy for accommodation. Added to that, we are also starting to offset all carbon emissions from staff business flights.

“We are constantly delighted to discover how likeminded and environmentally aware our guests are. They really do care, and we want to make it easier for them to tread as lightly as possible on the planet, while enjoying their time with us. Carbon offsetting is one way of lightening this impact. Many guests choose Singita because our values and purpose to protect wilderness areas resonate with them. Integrating carbon offsetting is a logical step to validate our and their commitment to a thriving planet.”

Charge Will Appear on Each Guest Invoice

The funds generated from the charges are rigorously tracked, and the average carbon footprint of one night’s accommodation was converted into a carbon offset cost for every stay. The estimated current cost per ton of carbon offset is $10 per ton, and the monetary value of the offset will appear on each guest invoice.

Carbon offset projects not only mitigate carbon, but also provide various other benefits for local communities. In South Africa and Zimbabwe, for example, funds collected by Singita support the purchase of a revolutionary, non-electric heat-retention cooker that allows food to continue cooking for up to 12 hours, without using additional energy.

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to address global inequalities and challenges by 2030, while aiding development and protecting the environment. Supporting carbon offsetting projects that align with as many of these SDGs as possible means that their impact will go well beyond carbon mitigation.

To what degree has your company or property incorporated carbon offsetting into your guests’ stay? Have you made it a voluntary step? If so, what percentage of your guests have participated? Or, like Singita, have you woven it into what you charge your guests? What has guest reaction been? I would love to learn about your experience with offsetting. I can be reached at greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

For more information on Singita’s far-reaching conservation and sustainability efforts, click here.

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