White Desert CarbonNeutral® Company

“Unfortunately we can’t avoid flying to Antarctica, so we use carbon offsetting to compensate for these unavoidable emissions and enable us to achieve CarbonNeutral certification.”

Patrick Woodhead, Managing Director, White Desert

As a tour operator working in the world’s last pristine wilderness, it is the belief of White Desert founders Patrick and Robyn that treading lightly is fundamental to the company’s license to operate in Antarctica. “There is some contention as to whether tourists should be allowed to visit Antarctica, but we believe it is an essential way to raise awareness of the importance of protecting this great landscape,” said Patrick Woodhead, Managing Director at White Desert.

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Since it was founded in 2006, White Desert has operated a strict zero impact policy, with CarbonNeutral® certification offering an external mark of recognition of the company’s environmental ethos, giving customers peace of mind that they are choosing an environmentally responsible tour operator. 


White Desert’s zero impact policy includes a temporary camp, use of solar energy to heat water and accommodation pods, filtering grey water, and removing all waste generated during its excursions. “Unfortunately we can’t avoid flying to Antarctica, so we use carbon offsetting to compensate for these unavoidable emissions and enable us to achieve CarbonNeutral certification,” continued Patrick. 

Beyond communicating its certification to clients on its website, brochures and during excursions, White Desert hopes to inspire other Antarctica tour operators to take action by sharing its CarbonNeutral story at International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) conferences and workshops.

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