Offsetting our Carbon Footprint
We are proud to be contributing to the economic prosperity of Northern BC, as well as bringing our guests closer to the natural beauty of the region. We recognize that a major part of our operation directly depends on the burning of fossil fuels. Until there is an alternative, more environmentally friendly way to accommodate heli skiing, it is our utmost priority to make sure that we are offsetting our carbon footprint.
We decided to partner up with Synergy and Offsetters to understand our contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce them as much as possible. At Northern Escape we strive to offset this difference by contributing to a project that prevents the equivalent amount of emissions elsewhere. We are proud to say that we are supporting The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project. Financing the offsets not only helps to reduce harvest levels in the forest but also directly benefits the lives of First Nations’ communities living in the region. Another project we support is the Lara Ceramic Fuel Switching Project based in Brazil. These offsets have collectively made it possible for the local ceramic plant to substitute the use of local firewood with biomass and to reduce their yearly operating emissions by approx. 10,000 tCO2e. Offsetters’ projects are verified and validated by third parties to ensure that the emission reductions are real, additional and permanent.
The next step is a company wide reduction plan (certification requires both offsetting and year-over-year reductions). Working with Synergy we are developing a comprehensive Reduction Plan. Each department is tasked with reviewing its operations and preparing potential ways to reduce our Carbon Footprint. Operationally, small items such as eliminating single use plastics, LED lighting and sourcing local foods can make a large difference. Future projects include a Solar Array to replace much of the requirement for our generators at the Mountain Lodge as well as replacing our vehicles and over snow machines with Electric models as they become available.
The Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project
Helicopters can have an impact on the local wildlife as well. Mountain goats are especially vulnerable to helicopters flying too close to their winter range. In cooperation with the BC Ministry of Environment, we have developed a comprehensive Wildlife Mitigation Strategy to protect the wildlife values living within our licensed ski area.
Our Guides and Pilots receive specific training with year recurrent training to meet the requirements of our Wildlife Mitigation Strategy. Our flights paths are recorded and reviewed daily to ensure we are meeting the industry guidelines. All flight data is reviewed annually to ensure compliance and it is submitted to the Ministry of Environment for verification.
We take great pride care to ensure that we do not harm the wildlife of the mountains we enjoy and ski!