White Desert’s uniquely located camps are designed to be easily dismantled and removed, leaving no trace on the pristine environment. Guests can choose to stay at either Whichaway, an oasis of luxury overlooking freshwater lakes, or Echo, set in some of the most dramatic mountain ranges on Earth.
Being the only company in the world to fly private aircraft to Antarctica, our emphasis has always been on luxury and safety. That same commitment extends to the ski-equipped aircraft that we use in the interior.
Wolf's Fang Runway
Using specialist techniques and machinery, we have created a runway that is uncompromising in its safety and with minimal delays. With experienced pilots flying over 25 flights a season, it is now regarded as a well-established and reliable airbridge between Africa and Antarctica.
5 KEY STEPS
1. SAF fuel
In a landmark first for any Antarctic operator, we are delivering the first test quantity of 40,000 litres of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Antarctica for our 2021/22 operations. We aim to replace all Jet A-1 fuel over the next 3-5 years.
2. Carbon Neutral
We mitigate all emissions generated by our flights and activities through fully accredited carbon offset schemes. Having been CarbonNeutral® since 2007, this commitment has always been a core tenet of our company.
3. Environmentally conscious supply chain
We are working to eliminate single-use plastics, and all other waste is shipped back to South Africa for recycling or responsible disposal. All soaps, detergents and cleaning agents are biodegradable.
4. Pioneering renewables in Antarctica
Partnering with California-based Arctica Solar, we are use solar air heaters to warm our pods. This cutting-edge technology enables us to minimise our dependency on fossil fuel.
5. Science & Tourism Logistics
We support and contribute to the local scientific community of Antarctica through our science and tourism logistics programme.
With the staggering proliferation of plastics in our daily use, we are continually reducing single-use plastic in our supply chain. We aim to cut it out completely by 2022.
All waste is shipped out of Antarctica every season to be recycled or disposed of responsibly in South Africa. All detergents, soaps and cleaning agents are biodegradable ensuring the lightest environmental footprint.
While sturdy and comfortable, all elements of Whichaway Camp can be disassembled and shipped out of Antarctica when required, leaving no trace.
PIONEERING USE OF SOLAR IN ANTARTICA
Creating heat in Antarctica can be achieved by using the energy of the sun. Working closely with California-based Arctica Solar we can harness that power to minimise our dependency on fossil fuel.
Unlike a photovoltaic panel, Arctica Solar’s 1500 series of solar air heaters work directly to produce heat rather than electricity. Sunlight enters the heater and is converted at more than 85% efficiency. Ambient air from the inside of the pod is routed into the heater, where the temperature is increased by up to 40ºC, and then returned back to the pod in a continuous cycle.
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