Eagle Wing carbon neutral, since December 2009!
At a time in our global history when corporations are being approached to help solve environmental problems, Eagle Wing Tours provides an important example of a company that has remained true to its environmental commitments while achieving success in a competitive and complex marketplace.
Because of the threat of global warming from increased CO2 concentrations in the air, we are guided by the precautionary principle. We have offset 100% of our corporate emissions since December 2009.
2010 season: we offset 317 gross metric tonnes of GHG
How did we become carbon neutral ?
First we decided to make a difference!
We hired, Dcarbon8, a professional certified third party company to perform an in depth 'carbon audit' of our company.
Our carbon footprint is evaluated every year based upon the total amount of carbon that we produced.
we then offset our carbon footprint by purchasing carbon 'offsets'
we purchased our carbon offsets from the reputable 'Offsetters' in Vancouver, BC
These carbon offsets are financial investments in new technologies which are implemented in other businesses that measurably reduce their annual GHG (green house gas emissions).
This then offsets our companies carbon footprint (GHG) to a net of ZERO!
What is a Carbon Footprint?:
A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide.
- A Carbon Footprint is made up of the sum of two parts, the direct / primary footprint and the indirect / secondary footprint.
- The primary footprint is a measure of our direct emissions of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels including domestic energy consumption and transportation (e.g. cars, planes, boats, etc).
- The secondary footprint is a measure of the indirect CO2 emissions from the whole life-cycle of products we use - those associated with their manufacture and eventual breakdown: paper products, garbage, recycling, etc.
The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). A carbon calculator considers the major activities that add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere: driving, flying, and using electricity and natural gas.
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Eagle Wing Tours REDUCES carbon footprint
- Reducing emissions with new Mercury Verado 4 stroke engine technology (no oil burn) more fuel efficient, cleaner, quieter
- Use environmentally sound Volvo Penta D9 diesel engines (the only diesels endorsed by the European Union), more fuel efficient, cleaner, quieter
- Reduce the amount of underwater noise with whisper quiet Arneson Twin Disc surface propulsion technology (rain falling on the water makes more noise!).
NEW advanced "scarab" hull design leaves a much smaller wake (wave) to reduce shore erosion while being safer, smoother, more fuel efficient and quiet
- NEW advanced "catamaran" hull design leaves a much smaller wake (wave) to reduce shore erosion while being safer, smoother, more fuel efficient and quiet
Eagle Wing Tours ERASES carbon footprint
- We off-set 100% of our companies Co2 emissions.
- We participate in salmon enhancement projects, this helps sustain food for killer whales and other marine animals.
- We participate in stream rehabilitation programs, this helps foster future generations of wild Pacific salmon for the Orca.
- We educate and excite our guests with passion & knowledge about the environment. Experience shows that this knowledge is then passed all over the world.
- Help sponsor local marine research programs, this increases our knowledge and awareness about current environmental issues.
- We 'adopt' killer whales, supporting non-profit efforts to educate private boaters.
- Proud members of the PWWA (Pacific Whale Watch Association) an industry group who work with researchers and government in order to develop safe guidelines for all boaters.
We are proud supporters of the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation. British Columbia's streams, lakes, and wetlands are valuable natural resources. Stream corridors are particularly important. They support more species of plants and animals than any other habitat and provide important refuges and migration routes for birds and wildlife. Streams are also essential for maintaining our ecosystem's most crucial species: salmon.
Streams respond rapidly to the pressures of residential and industrial activity in surrounding drainage areas or watersheds. Streams are good indicators of watershed health. Since we all live within a watershed, be it coastal rain forest or interior dry land, we all share the responsibility of maintaining the quality of the natural resources within them. Pressures from development will continue to increase as our population expands in many areas of the province. Habitat will continue to be lost when we do not appreciate fully the value of our aquatic resources. Plant and animal populations which depend on undisturbed land will be threatened.
We are proud supporters of the Jack Brooks hatchery. It raises and releases many thousands of natural salmon into local spawning streams from where they migrate into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and then to the open Pacific Ocean. They return to spawn in local waters, thus ensuring the survival of a most precious asset - the wild Pacific Salmon!
"Inspiring the conservation of our marine environment, with a thrill!"
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