Minimising Impact

4 KEY STEPS

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Citizen science 
Our goal is to build a corps of Antarctic Ambassadors. Together with our guests, we work closely with a number of scientific research centres to collect data for fields including Emperor Penguin research.

CarbonNeutral@2x

No one will protect what they don't care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.

David Attenborough

Until renewable aircraft fuel exists on the commercial market we offset all of our flights, activities and projects to ensure that we achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Working with the UK-based Carbon Neutral Company, we sponsor a well-established tree planting project in the Amazon rainforest.

Learn more about our offsetting project

Environmentally Conscious

Plastics
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 2020.

Waste
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.

Structures
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, Arctic Solar’s 1500 series of solar air heaters work directly 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.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Nowhere is this data deficiency more acute than in the Polar Regions, where we are using a variety of non-invasive or minimally-invasive techniques to allow us to measure animals at very large scales.

Dr. Tom Hart

Monitoring animals in such extreme climates is challenging. Much of the research is conducted at sea or on the Antarctica ice-shelf and so, to adequately collect data is both demanding and costly for researchers.

White Desert collaborates with a number of different scientific research stations in order to collect data for research in  in population, genetics and phylogeographic studies.

Often the challenge is the costly logistics and using our infrastructure we are delighted to be able to assist.

  • Whichaway Camp

    Whichaway camp is totally unique and the perfect base from which to start your adventure. Having won the World Travel Awards five times, the camp is also designed with a minimal environmental footprint in mind.

  • Our FLEET

    Being the only company in the world to fly business jets 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.

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