- A very brief introduction to the history of CGL in Botswana and the very first time the idea about introducing Carbon Emissions became an achievable idea.
- Why us? Why did we believe that CGL was the right fit for this innovation? Discuss the access to CO2 emission free power provided by BPC. Discuss the fact that tourism in Botswana is centred around conservation and preservation of the natural environment and wildlife - therefore it makes perfect sense that our safari industry becomes clean and green sooner, rather than later. Discuss that the very nature of Botswana as a destination (low volume, low impact, high revenue) A destination for the responsible and worldly traveller who would appreciate and be willing to pay for a cleaner & greener safari. Anything further.
- Discuss briefly the mechanics of the vehicles. How they were made/converted, how they work and how they are powered. Any Challenges? - Discuss briefly the boats. How they were made/converted, how they work and how they are powered (including solar). Any Challenges - A brief mention of the utility vehicle and demonstrating that the initiative goes beyond what the guest’s see/experience but that the initiative is feasible in reducing operational costs - Taking power generation solar at CGL. Quiet power generation (no generator noise) reliable and clean.
- Discuss the success of the CO2 emission savings and any further statistic you can get. - Discuss the savings don’t account for the CO2 emissions and damage caused by the fuel trucks travelling to Northern Botswana to the remote lodge to deliver the fuel.
- Having discussed the savings and the responsibility of why we felt it is important to introduce CO2 emission free safaris - now is the opportunity to discuss the significant experiential advantages of electric powered safaris. Examples of you ability to hear noises. To not disturb animals at sightings. Vibration free for photographers. No fumes. An overall FAR SUPERIOR safari drive/cruise.
- The support from BTO in creating a platform to market our initiatives and the awards and certifications that come with ‘going green’ play a huge role in making this investment viable. Discuss how certification levels (green, green+ and eco) help measure performance and help the consumer understand that not only are they travelling and experiencing an African safari responsibly … but they are getting a more superior and enhanced experience. That is the message CGL would like to see the awards and certifications of these initiatives deliver.
- Our vision is together with BTO and the joint venture with GIZ (German Development Organisation) is an electric powered Chobe River regulation.
- Our vision is taking the first step to ensure the industry know what is possible and where we should be heading
- Most of all. In the bigger picture. Our goal is not just providing a cleaner more responsible Safari but to illicit change for the good. A Safari in Botswana is for many a life changing experience (the people, the wildlife etc.). Discuss our goal to show guests what we are doing. Allow them to understand the importance of managing your resources and not taking them for granted so that we can all look together for a brighter, cleaner future.
Carbon Emissions and the Safari Industry
CARBON EMISSIONS & THE SAFARI INDUSTRY
A STUDY OF CHOBE GAME LODGE’S
SILENT, CO2 EMISSION FREE SAFARI FLEET
A JOURNEY TO ELLIMINATING CARBON EMISSIONS
WHY CHOBE GAME LODGE?
BUILDING A CO2 EMISSION FREE FLEET
• FOUR LITHIUM-BATTERY POWERED ELECTRIC VEHCILES
• FIVE LITHIUM-BATTERY POWERED ELECTRIC SAFARI BOATS
• ONE LITHIUM-BATTERY POWERED 4WD-UTILITY VEHICLE
• SOLAR POWERED MAINTENANCE PLANT
REDUCTION IN CARBON EMISSION
• APPROX 119 000 KG’S OF CARBON EMISSIONS SAVED
• APPROX US$ 39,300.00 SAVED ON FUEL EXPENDITURE
A SILENT SAFARI…
THE ADVANTAGES OF SOLAR & ELECTRIC POWER IN THE SAFARI INDUSTRY
2017 - WTM RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARDS – BEST FOR CARBON REDUCTION
2016 - PURE LIFE EXPERIENCES AWARD – CONSERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY
2015 - WTM RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARDS – BEST FOR RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
RECOGNITION FOR CO2 EMISSION REDUCTION
THE BIGGER PICTURE
CHOBE GAME LODGE’S FUTURE IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM