- airstream will donate enough money to the national forest foundation (nff) to plant 118,405 trees which will neutralize all emissions for all trailers and motorhomes sold in 2021.
- the new caravan to carbon neutral program also allows owners to contribute additional funds to plant even more trees.
- carbon reduction kits start at just $50 and include a decal to tout your camper's carbon neutrality.
citing a growing commitment to sustainability and environmental protection, luxury rv manufacturer airstream announced today that it will work to offset enough carbon emissions to cover all emissions resulting from the use of every trailer and motorhome it sells in 2021. that means buyers of 2021 airstream models can travel this year knowing the emissions from their vehicles aren't contributing to climate change.
airstream is calling this plan the caravan to carbon neutral and says that in order to neutralize its fleet's emissions this year it will donate enough money to the national forest foundation (nff) to cover the planting of 118,405 new trees. current and prospective airstream owners are also being encouraged to chip in to offset additional emissions by purchasing a carbon reduction kit for their campers by donating money to the nff.
the kits come in three levels, silver, gold, and platinum, which start at $50 and top out at $250; all of which include a 5-inch by 4-inch decal that can be displayed on the buyer's airstream. the most expensive of the three kits also includes a caravan to carbon neutral flag and provides enough funding to the nff to plant 250 trees.
the rv-maker, which is based in ohio, is no stranger to green initiatives. it uses renewable energy credits at its production facility to offset electricity usage there and all of its current products are certified green by tra certification, a third-party rv-industry watchdog group.
as the covid-19 pandemic continues to rage across north america in 2021, limiting leisure air travel and vacation opportunities, the rv industry is expected to see additional year-over-year increases in new-model sales, according to a report by the recreational vehicle industry association (rvia). last year, despite the numerous pandemic lockdowns, rv sales rose by 6% to 430,412 units; the rvia estimates that as many as 502,000 american consumers will purchase a new rv in 2021.
with more americans turning to rvs for family vacations and a growing number of workers taking advantage of their new work-from-anywhere lifestyle, a growing concern of vehicle emissions due to towing heavy trailers or driving large motorhomes is understandable. at the moment, few electric vehicles are set up for regular towing duty and those that are, including the audi e-tron and tesla model x suvs, will see their estimated driving ranges significantly sapped in the process.
heavier duty electric pickup trucks, such as the gmc hummer ev, the rivian r1t, and the tesla cybertruck, are on the horizon but in the meantime, purchasing carbon offsets for gasoline- or diesel-powered tow vehicles is a good alternative to emissions-free towing.