Norman Carr Safaris, in partnership with BioCarbon Partners, has proudly announced that they are the first tour operator in South Luangwa to attain carbon neutral status from operations.
This accomplishment follows upon Lower Zambezi National Park becoming the world’s first carbon neutral park from operations in 2015. Norman Carr is working in partnership with the Lower Zambezi camps to make Zambia one of the first countries in the world with carbon neutral national parks. The ultimate goal is to establish a carbon neutral corridor between the two premiere national parks in Zambia (South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi).
All seven of the camps are included in offsetting the NCS carbon footprint: Kapani, Luwi, Nsolo, Kakuli, Mchenja, and Chinzombo. The verified emission reductions were transacted to offset the camps’ unavoidable emissions, achieving BCP’s “BioCarbon Neutral” Copper Status in its reductions.
Investment has also been made in renewable energy to minimize a direct operational carbon footprint, with five of the seven camps run exclusively off solar power in 2015. In 2016, four additional units will be built for the Bushcamps. The ‘unavoidable’ emissions reductions use internationally accepted values for fossil fuels to offset the carbon impact of energy use: diesel, gasoline, electricity, charcoal, food production emissions for staff and guests, and staff travel. Silver and gold levels include offsetting emissions from guests’ domestic and international travel.
An increasing number of Zambian companies are showing climate change leadership and taking responsibility for their emissions by investing in low carbon futures. This commitment to the local environment raises the standards for environmentally and socially responsible business practices. With other operators following the Norman Carr Safaris lead, South Luangwa National Park is potentially on track to become one of the next carbon neutral national parks from operations in the world.