Club Europe’s Commitment to Sustainability

Our commitment

school travel and sustainability

Photo by Naja Jensen

Our Mission Statement 

For over 40 years, Club Europe has taken young people on trips to explore and learn about the world. We want that world to be a beautiful and exciting place for young people to explore for the next 40 years and beyond. We are committed to embedding sustainable practices in our own operations as well as offering sustainable alternatives in the main areas of our supply chain: transport, accommodation, excursions, and community. By the end of this season, we hope to have engaged all our colleagues, schools, and suppliers in our efforts. As a responsible travel provider, we  are working with ABTA’s sustainability team and Travelife for Tour Operators to increase sustainability in our product development, operations and marketing activities.

 

Our sustainability journey

Photo by Jason Blackeye

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”  

[Ancient Indian proverb]

Taking young people away on educational school trips both in the UK and beyond is at the heart of Club Europe’s business and it’s what we love doing. But we, and our young clients, are increasingly aware that tourism can also have a negative impact on host-destination environments, economies and communities. As a responsible travel provider, we are committed to sustainability in our development, operations and marketing.  

What some of our partners are doing...

Photo from StayOkay Youth Hostels, Netherlands

  • Since 2011, YHA has saved enough CO2 that is equivalent to a fully laden jumbo jet flying around the World (YHA UK).

  • Every mountain lift and snow-making system in Snow Space Salzburg is powered by renewable energy sources (Snow Space Salzburg).

  • We are committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 (British Airways).

  • We strive to become the Netherlands’ most sustainable ho(s)tel chain as well as a CO2-neutral organisation. (StayOK, Netherlands).

  • The development of sustainable and responsible tourism has been an important part of the German National Tourist Board's strategy for more than 10 years. Their sustainability campaign "Feel Good" won a Silver Award at the World Travel Market’s Responsible Tourism Awards 2021.

We have just begun our journey

Photo by Rod Long

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has

(Margaret Mead, anthropologist).

We have just begun this journey and will keep you posted with our ideas, projects, successes and challenges along the way.

We are brimming with ideas: from refusing plastic bottles with your picnic lunches, discovering how our suppliers heat their buildings, working with our partner charities Snow-Camp and Keys of Change embracing better forms of travel, be it by train, off-setting the carbon or educational tours in the UK to feeding the birds outside the office, there are a myriad of ways to make a positive impact. We’re very excited about this new stage in Club Europe’s life!

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Call us on Freephone 0800 496 4996 or get in touch using the link below.

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"There were lots of educational benefits of our school trip including experiencing a different culture, speaking the language and learning about history."

Cecile Jones, Teacher of French, Trinity C.E. High School, South Manchester

"The quality of reps as well as the rest of the Club Europe team has been a big factor in us returning with Club Europe as it gives us a lot of confidence and reassurance in resort. Our ski trip was fantastic as always, great skiing, great experiences."

Peter Loader, The Priory School, Surrey

"Club Europe always go the extra mile to ensure our needs are met. They have continued to provide us with a good, varied tour programme demonstrating excellent customer service."

James Williams, Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire

"An amazing music tour made so much easier with the help of the staff at Club Europe. A huge thank you to everyone for helping to make the tour such a success. Worth every penny!"

Sue Waddington, Music teacher, Tonbridge Wells Girls Grammar School, Kent

"Everyone had a great time, including the staff. Atalanta coaches and staff were friendly and fun. We enjoyed the games and activities."

Darren Horsman, Football Coach, Buckswood Junior football Academy, East Sussex

"The S’Cool workshops at CERN really are the best way to get students to comprehend the awe and wonder of modern Physics. They tie in directly with Year 12 material. It's also a great way to entice Year 11s to take up Physics for A level. Some of them who were on our trip have already said they will."

Ben Ford, Head of Physics, St Dunstan's College, south east London