As travel begins to rebound, the impact on the environment continues to be a critical issue and priority for us at Hopper. Over the last year, as travel came to a standstill, energy-related CO₂ emissions fell by 15% in the transportation sector. 2020 demonstrated the impact travel has on our environment and the important role we play in addressing this issue.
During the pandemic, as air travel stopped and travelers postponed their trips to 2021, the Hopper Trees initiative took a pause. Now that the industry is quickly rebounding and travelers look to get back out there again, Hopper will be offering free carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions offsets on behalf of our customers for every flight, hotel and rental car booked in the app.
Guided by the EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership Emission Factors report and the EPA’s carbon sequestration calculator, for every flight, car or hotel purchased on Hopper, the travel-booking app will donate the funds to plant up to four trees per booking in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects. An SGS Forest Management certified 501c3 non-profit, Eden has planted over 580 million trees across formerly deforested areas in Madagascar, Indonesia, Kenya, and Mozambique since its inception in 2005. Hopper’s contributions in 2021 will focus primarily in deforested areas in Kenya.
It has always been our mission to make booking travel easier and more accessible to everyone, as we believe deeply in the positive social and economic impact that it has on the world. While we are excited for everyone to get back out there and travel safely again soon, the impact on the world around us remains top of mind.
This Earth Day, we are proud to announce that based on our current booking volumes, Hopper is expecting to plant at least six million trees on behalf of our customers in 2021 through the Hopper Trees program – in an effort to offset CO₂ emissions from travel booked in the app this year. As the leading travel marketplace, we are committed to doing our part as travel returns and we are excited to take this step toward a more sustainable future.
- Frederic Lalonde, CEO & Co-Founder of Hopper