DC Tours – Our Environmental, Sustainability and Responsible Tourism Aims
What tourist activity could be more environmentally friendly than a walking tour? – We don’t use coaches or taxis, so there’s no carbon emissions, we are entirely outdoors, so there’s no heat, power or water used, – except for the batteries in our headsets (and they’re rechargeable).
But the running of the company can still have a negative impact on the environment in a number of ways, and we are committed to reducing these.
We are currently signed up to the Green Tourism Business Scheme and have achieved their Silver Award. Our commitment can be seen as follows;
- We do not own any company vehicles.
- Our primary means of communication is electronic wherever possible.
- All our promo leaflets are printed on recycled paper.
- We only use 100% recycled paper in our (home) office and all waste paper is recycled.
- All waste is sorted to recycle as much as possible.
- We only use energy companies and equipment with ‘green energy’ options. – All our audio headsets are powered using rechargeable batteries.
- Local suppliers used wherever and whenever possible.
- We ensure suppliers of our guides’ workwear have ethical policies in place.
We are also dedicated to working with our local communities to deliver our tours responsibly, and to make a positive contribution to the cultural heritage of Belfast too. –
- We’ve worked hard to ensure our tours are culturally sensitive, that they will encourage respect between tourists and locals and allow our visitors to make more meaningful connections with our people.
- We also regularly work with local community, cross-community and cross-border groups to deliver tours and experiences which focus on building local understanding, pride and confidence.
We have also given a lot of thought to the needs of all our guests and work to mitigate the challenges of access that many disabled and less able people face when travelling. We have designed our tours to be accessible for all, regardless of disability.
In short, we have dedicated ourselves to operating and acting as sustainably and as responsibly as possible and we encourage others to do the same.
We are also committed to reviewing our performance regularly and to continuous improvement.
And we have a Responsible Visitor Charter which outlines some of the things you can do to minimise the environmental impact of your visit too.