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Sustainability & Conservation


Together with the The Travel Corporation (TTC), we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our business and safeguarding the future of our planet. That's why we are taking steps to eliminate single-use plastics in our operations, reduce our footprint by offering e-documents to our guests (and planting a tree in their name if they select this option), and ensure that our modes of transportation are as efficient and eco-friendly as possible.

Sustainability for Survival

Story by Céline Cousteau, Documentary Filmmaker

Leading environmentalist and explorer, Céline has been highlighting various sustainable travel topics and showcasing amazing projects helping to protect ecosystems all over the world through her films. She has been TreadRight’s Planet Ambassador since 2015.

I believe that the travel industry has tremendous potential for positive impact. From the companies that provide journeys, to the hotels and dining experiences, there are opportunities to become more sustainable and enable travellers to make better choices.

I encourage people to hear the stories of local projects, discover what different communities are doing to protect our planet. If you can get involved and understand what people are doing, you can see where we, as humans can make a difference.

There are many things that you can do to make a difference when you travel. The number one thing I tell people is: don’t use single use plastic. If possible, bring your own refillable bottles and sustainable cutlery so that you can reduce the amount of waste left behind. Then you don’t need to think of how it’s disposed – you have broken that part of the chain.

I encourage people to hear the stories of local projects, discover what different communities are doing to protect our planet. If you can get involved and understand what people are doing, you can see where we, as humans can make a difference.

E-Documents & One Tree Planted

Since 2017 and in partnership with One Tree Planted, a leading not-for-profit organization focused on global reforestation, we’ve planted a tree for every guest who has chosen to receive travel documents electronically rather than printed and mailed. In May 2020, all TTC brands participating in this initiative moved entirely to e-documents, and we will plant a tree for every one of our valued guests who travel with us.

In 2020, TTC has committed to focusing all of our brands' tree-planting efforts through the E-Docs initiative towards Australia, in Bushfire Recover Nurseries with a focus on habitat-rebuilding for affected species including the black glossy cockatoo and koala. Our partner One Tree Planted has committed to planting 1 million trees across Australia as part of a 5-year project in partnership with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and Australia’s National Parks.

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Reusable Water Bottles

Working toward our long-term goal of removing single-use plastics from our operations, we’re proud to provide Luxury Gold guests with elegant, reusable water bottles so you can stay hydrated the environmentally friendly way. We commit to providing potable drinking water for you along your journey in a sustainable way.

ME to WE

We are proud to partner with ME to WE, an innovative social enterprise providing products and experiences that make an impact, empowering people to change the world. ME to WE is a recognised leader in culturally immersive travel and a partner of the award-winning WE Charity, an organisation with over 20 years of international development work.

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Why Go Coach?

Coach travel has been proven to reduce congestion and create less pollution per passenger kilometre than any other form of transport. Coach travel creates approximately 85% less CO2 per passenger kilometre than car and air travel, and nearly 40% less CO2 per passenger kilometre than rail travel.

The Luxury Gold coach fleet is among the most efficient in Europe, complying with EU emissions standards. Over the past two decades EU emissions standards have made it so that Euro Emissions 6 registered vehicles create up to 97% less particulate emissions and 95% less nitrogen oxide emissions than those vehicles meeting previous Euro Emissions standards.

Carbon Emissions Grid

Coach travel causes less pollution per passenger mile than any other transportation option.
Source: DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) conversion factors 2014.
* Car assumes UK average of 1.5 people per car.
** Coach assumes average of 36 passengers.

Our Carbon Footprint

Our Carbon Footprint

At Luxury Gold, we are conscious of our carbon footprint and have made a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 or sooner. To achieve this, we are measuring the emissions associated with our owned offices and properties, as well as those associated with our business air travel, and waste and water use. We have in place a carbon management plan to drawdown our direct emissions before offsetting unavoidable emissions with high-quality, verified carbon offsets. We will drawdown our emissions through clean energy, low-emission transportation, conservation and through the support of emerging low-impact technologies.

Luxury Gold is in the process of measuring the carbon footprint of our trips with the goal of offsetting these trips in future years. Stay tuned for more!

Carbon Offsets

Luxury Gold has partnered with leading offset provider South Pole to offset our business, allowing us to offset what we cannot reduce. You too can purchase carbon offsets to cancel out the emissions produced by your travels. South Pole has 700+ high quality, and verifiable offset projects to choose from around the world.

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