Namibia is a vast land and the average tourist often spends countless kilometres on its roads to see those areas of untouched natural beauty, unsurpassed scenery and the free-roaming wildlife it is renowned for.
Unfortunately every kilometre comes with a price, as carbon emissions caused by vehicles have a negative impact on this pristine land.
In a move towards carbon neutral tourism, Asco Car Hire decided to support the Eloolo Permaculture Organisation and Tourism Supporting Conservation Trust (TOSCO) to create Namibia’s very own carbon offsetting programme.
The initiative offers tourist to travel with a clean conscience by donating towards the planting of trees as a means to offset vehicles’ direct carbon emissions.
CO2 Emission: What to compensate?
As an estimate, each litre of diesel emits 2.64 kg of CO2, while one tree can absorb around 100 kg of carbon in its lifetime.
For example, for a 3 000 km self drive trip through Namibia by SUV or 4×4 (at 14 litre per 100 km) one would thus have to support the planting of 3 trees to offset its emissions. The bigger the vehicle, the more trees required for a guilt free journey.
CO2 Compensation: How does it work?
Asco Car Hire offers a (partial) CO2 compensation of your 4WD self drive trip by purchasing CO2 off-set units. For every two CO2 off-set units, one indigenous Namibian tree will planted on your behalf..
How much does it cost?
One CO2 off-set unit = Euro 15, which offset the emissions of approximately 500 km 4×4 driving. Purchasing two CO2 off-set units is enough to compensate for planting one new tree. You can buy as many CO2 off-set units (and therefor trees) as you like.
Where are the trees planted?
Asco Car Hire is an official sponsor of the Moreson School. All trees purchased by Asco Car Hire customers are planted and maintained at the Moreson School. The Moreson School is a school for cognitively impaired. The trees that are planted are mainly fruit trees, which the children will take care of. The yield of the fruit trees will complement the diet of the children, but in the future also serve as a source of income, because the fruit is to be processed into jam and juices. The children learn to cook, simple woodwork, but also the making of bricks at the school. The Moreson School program is designed to give children a future in simple occupations. We are very proud to support this special school and we are happy about any support.