Eco-friendly travel agent changes direction

Responsibletravel.com, an environmentally friendly travel agency, said it will no longer offer its customers the chance to offset carbon emissions. The company says the offset schemes are hurting other efforts to reduce carbon emissions. "We believe that the travel industry's priority must be to reduce carbon emissions, rather than to offset," said Justin Francis, managing director of responsibletravel.com. "Too often offsets are being used by the tourism industry in developed countries to justify growth plans on the basis that money will be donated to projects in developing countries. Global reduction targets will not be met this way."

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