The Monarch Group and the environment
The Monarch Group strives to improve its environmental performance with the objective of ensuring that its activities contribute to the sustainable development of the communities in which it operates.
Our Group commitment is to:
- Comply with and wherever possible exceed all relevant environment legislation;
- Set environmental objectives, monitor our environmental performance and aim for continuous improvement;
- Seek to minimise emissions and reduce waste from our activities;
- Actively engage and communicate with our employees on the means of achieving these commitments;
- Endeavour to purchase from suppliers who share our concern for the environment and whenever possible purchase and use recyclable products or products from sustainable sources;
- Seek to minimise waste and emissions from our operations and recycle as much as possible; and
- Maintain a quality waste management system to reduce our costs of waste disposal and protect the environment for the future.
The Group has been involved in the Action Energy initiative run by the Carbon Trust to reduce carbon emissions and energy-saving surveys carried out by a Carbon Trust-nominated consultant has provided the data and platform on which to build a programme for continuous improvement.
Between 1990 and 2015, the Group improved its aircraft fleet fuel efficiency by 25.7%. This was achieved by the combined effects of adding new fuel-efficient aircraft to the fleet whilst retiring older aircraft and through a series of modifications to our ground and flying operational procedures.
The Group joined the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in January 2012. The scheme is structured to incentivise an improvement in fuel use and carbon emissions, making airlines pay for excess carbon use. It does not however, encompass aviation outside of Europe and whilst a number of other countries around the world have their own schemes, there is currently no global process to have all airlines join in the drive to reduce fuel carbon emissions. The international effort was recently given a boost through wide agreement at the Paris summit and ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organisation) supported by many governments and airlines, have been tasked with formulating a workable scheme which looks set to come into being from 2020.
For the Monarch Group, further improvements in fuel efficiency and consequent reductions in carbon emissions will come with the introduction of the Boeing B737-8MAX aircraft that Monarch has on order. Compared to the levels of efficiency we achieved in 2015, the Boeing fleet once fully established by 2022 will bring reductions in fuel consumption and carbon emissions of a further 16%. Along with this, the type is significantly quieter than its predecessor, reducing noise affected area by 40% on a like for like basis.
Monarch is also a participant in the UK initiative ‘Sustainable Aviation’, which is a grouping of airlines, airports, manufacturers and air traffic control working together with the aim of responding to the challenge of building a sustainable environmental future for the airline industry.
The Monarch Group believes that in order to integrate a sustainable way of thinking into the tourism industry it should promote responsible travel and lead the way to a sustainable future.
Sustainable tourism is an industry committed to making a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate income and employment for local people. The aim is to ensure that development is a positive experience for local people, tour operators and our customers. The more we do now, the brighter the future will be.
Environmentally-friendly hotels not only save money for the owner/manager, but also resources for the world, while at the same time letting their guests continue doing good things for the environment. Whether through water or energy conservation, recycling or reducing the consumption of natural resources, a positive impact can be made.
Sustainability is starting to matter to consumers; people buy into fair trade, organics and local produce and we aim to continue this way of thinking when our customers go on holiday. We believe there is plenty of scope for having a relaxing break without breaking the bank, and at no cost to the environment.
Through The Tour Operations division of the Group our mission is to provide a tourism experience, which benefits our guests, suppliers and the destinations in which we operate.
Through our professional experience, passion and dedication, we will continue to respect local cultures, support local communities and make a positive contribution in caring for the environment.
In pursuit of the above our commitment is to:
- Understand and respect cultures by promoting and communicating their traditions, lifestyles and heritage to our guests and employees;
- Support communities by involving and co-operating with local people, using local skills and products where practical. We will abide by local, national and international laws, discouraging illegal, abusive or exploitative forms of tourism; and
Care for the environment by conserving landscapes, plants, animals and protected areas and by encouraging guests and employees to take a responsible approach in their use of natural resources.