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Skippers Canyon Tour Now a Carbon Neutral Operation

Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. today announced that it is offsetting for the first time its operational carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org, the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization. By joining Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Partner program, Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. has joined a global movement of businesses and organizations that are leading the fight against global warming.

Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. committed itself to monitor its energy consumption, fuel usage, the kilometres travelled by its customers while joining its tours and the kilometres travelled by its employees in order to get from and to work. Those activities are a part of its environmental impact management initiative.

“We launched our environmental impact management initiative in October 2009. Monitoring our CO2 emissions forms the major part of this initiative. We are furthermore fully committed to recycling and reusing material whereever possible,” explains Mrs Yasmine Sander, owner of Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. “All our monitoring endeavours paid off; the results are quite interesting and according to our expectations.”

The company used a CO2 calculator provided by the carboNZero programme, an internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme. The results show that about 83% of its produced CO2 emissions are created by its sightseeing and wine tours, 15% by the commuting activities by its staff members and the rest by domestic air travel.

“We did our best to reduce the creation of CO2 emissions,” comments Mrs Sander further. “But at the end of the day, all CO2 emissions that are created by our company cannot be omitted, and we took the step to reduce our carbon footprint further by offsetting our operational emissions.”

By offsetting the remaining operational emissions, Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. will be supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated reforestation projects.

"It was very important for us to work with an organization that supports certified projects that are internationally recognized and comply with set standards," Mrs Sander said. "We also sought an organization that offered verification by independent auditors. Carbonfund.org met these criteria."

About Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd
Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd specializes in sightseeing tours into Skippers Canyon. Skippers Tours can be combined with a Wine Tour to experience a full day in the Wakatipu Basin. They employ 7 on-call Driver-Guides and have been offering their service into Skippers Canyon for more than 10 years now.

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org is the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization,
making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact by supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org has over 600,000 individual supporters and over 1,800 business and nonprofit partners including Discovery, Motorola, Amtrak, Dell, JetBlue, Virgin America and Staples. www.carbonfund.org

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Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd.
174 Glenda Drive
Unit 10, Trade Central
Frankton Industrial
Queenstown

Phone: +64 3 409 0949
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Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd.
PO Box 219
Queenstown 9348

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