Boat Bike Tours is working towards becoming a carbon neutral tour operator from 2021 onwards. The carbon footprint from our tours is mostly generated by life aboard our boats. It’s therefore essential that we work closely with all boat owners and captains to reduce emissions.
The 2018 pilot study gave us many insights, which we then discussed with all ship owners in early 2020. It was wonderful to learn that many were already busy, consciously working to implement sustainability measures on board. Many of our skippers have a great love of nature and have already been working for years to reduce impacts such as food waste.
Building on the study, we’re now determining our entire fleet’s carbon footprint for 2019. We’re gathering feedback, sharing knowledge and finding solutions to reduce it. To assess all aspects of our tours, we’re collaborating with our head office team, tour leaders, local municipalities and guests – making change takes a group effort!
We are also currently exploring renewable diesel boat fuel options, in particular HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil), which is derived from used cooking (vegetable) oils. HVO burns more cleanly and can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90%. HVO can also be combined with regular diesel fuel. Most ship engines should be capable of operating on 30-50% HVO.
We are working with HVO provider GoodFuels to support our fleet in trialing HVO fuel. This is a complex transition process that depends on many factors including the condition of existing boat engines and the location of fuel providers on our routes.