Wild Side Specialty Tours, a Hawaii-based marine tours provider, signed an agreement with Carbon Credit Capital to become a member of the Carbon Neutral Checkout™ Program. Wild Side, consistently ranked in the ‘Top Five’ Hawaiian Tours, offers exotic marine tours including whale watching, swimming with dolphins and guided snorkeling with sea turtles and tropical marine life.
During 2014-2015, Wild Side was responsible for 69 tCO2e (tonnes of CO2 equivalent) of carbon emissions, with these emissions coming largely from the burning of fuel used to power their two boat tours. Carbon Credit Capital, as a part of the Carbon Neutral Checkout™ Program, estimated the carbon footprint of Wild Side operations including Scope1, 2 and 3 emissions boundaries.
Wild Side has chosen a Wastewater Methane Recovery project in the Anhui province of China, which is helping to improve the water quality of open lagoons, to offset their operational footprint. The project drastically reduces methane emissions from waste-water and prevents carbon dioxide (CO2), particulate matter (PM), and sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions by replacing the use of about 45,000 tonnes of coal per year. This methane recovery project not only results in better air, water, and health quality for the local community but also helps marine life in local bodies of water.
Comprised of expert marine biologists, the Wild Side team runs two tours, which feature in several top-rated tour lists, boasting a marine mammal sighting rate of 99.5%. As Wild Side first started taking people out into the wild to support their research projects, they also try to bring awareness and education to their customers, so they can leave the tour with a one-of-a-kind experience, as well as a new source of knowledge to take back to their daily lives.
About Wild Side Specialty Tours:
Wild Side is an internationally recognized marine tours company conducting environmentally responsible marine interactions. They aggressively participate in environmental protection through education and action, and promote sustainable travel. Wild Side donates part of its revenue to Wild Dolphin Foundation dedicated to marine conservation and education, regulatory reform, and research.