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Quark Expeditions Releases First Annual Sustainability Report Integral To Its Polar Promise Strategy
SEATTLE, Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- As outlined in its comprehensive Polar Promise Strategy, Quark Expeditions 
Publishes its in-depth 2019 Sustainability Report, underscoring accountability 
and measurable goals in the polar regions 

Quark Expeditions(R) [ 
] , the leader in polar adventures, today released its first annual 
Sustainability Report, which provides a detailed analysis of the company's 
comprehensive sustainability strategy in the polar regions, highlighting 
milestones while also outlining concrete, measurable goals to be met by 2025.

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"Quark Expeditions' first annual Sustainability Report, a key deliverable in 
our Polar Promise strategy, reflects our ongoing commitment to responsible 
travel in the polar regions," says Lyndsey Lewis, Operations and Sustainability 
Manager for Quark Expeditions. "This comprehensive report establishes a 
baseline—and culture —of accountability in the Arctic and Antarctic. Last 
April, we unveiled our sustainability strategy under the title 'Polar Promise,' 
]  which is the most comprehensive and holistic strategy of its kind in the 
polar expedition industry. As part of this effort, we shared specific, concrete 
goals which we intend to meet by 2025. This report, in full transparency to our 
passengers and partners, marks how we've been tracking with respect to those 
goals and clearly outlines our commitment moving forward."

Quark Expeditions, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, has been on the 
forefront of sustainability and environmental protection in the polar regions 
since its inaugural North Pole expedition in 1991. "Sustainability has always 
part of our DNA," says Lewis. "We were one of the founding members of the 
International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), and we've been 
active in the environmental conservation efforts of the Association of Arctic 
Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) since 2007. This first annual Sustainability 
Report cements our ongoing role in safeguarding the pristine polar regions for 
generations to come." 

Quark Expeditions' sustainability achievements include:

-- As a long-time supporter of polar research and conservation, including the
   efforts of organizations such as Polar Bears International, Quark
   Expeditions enables scientists to access remote locations in both the Arctic
   and Antarctic and donates the proceeds from our onboard auctions to science
   and conservation organizations. 
-- To date, the company has donated $250,000 to the citizens science group
   Penguin Watch, which studies penguin population change. 
-- Since 2017, Quark Expeditions has donated $46,000 of the proceeds of our
   onboard auctions to support the Habitat Restoration Project, administered by 
   the South Georgia Heritage Trust, which successfully eliminated invasive 
   rodents (which impacted bird populations) from South Georgia in 2018. Quark 
   Expeditions continues to support South Georgia Heritage Trust's efforts to 
   maintain this rodent-free declaration. 
-- In 2017, Quark Expeditions eliminated single use plastics. 
-- In 2019, the Quark Expeditions team eliminated 14,000 Individual yogurt 
   containers and 320,000 single use plastic bottles. 
-- In 2018-19, Quark Expeditions diverted 103.11 cubic meters of glass, 60.11 
   cubic meters of plastic and 106.82 cubic meters of cardboard. 
-- Historical analysis confirms that Quark Expeditions' has decreased emissions 
   from its fleet by 28% since 2010.

Quark Expeditions' Polar Promise is based on four main pillars which have been 
implemented across all sectors of the company: 

1. Planet: Quark Expeditions plans to reduce its footprint and build resilience
   through best practices and advanced sustainability technologies. 
2. Partnerships: To lead change through community engagement, Quark Expeditions
   will continue supporting scientific conservation and sustainable development
   in polar communities. 
3. Principles: The company will implement sustainable practices throughout the 
   business—in the polar wilderness and in their offices. 
4. Positive Impact: Quark Expeditions will continue to demonstrate that the 
   positive benefits of polar exploration will increase awareness of these 
   integral areas and have a positive impact for future generations.   

"These pillars define our measurable goals," says Lewis. "For instance, given 
these robust plans, Quark Expeditions will reduce carbon emissions by roughly 
10% per passenger by 2025, by which time we also plan to work exclusively with 
suppliers, vendors and external partners who share our commitment to 
sustainability in the polar regions, while continuing to lead change through 
community engagement, and supporting scientific conservation and sustainable 
development in polar communities."

Quark Expeditions will also continue to grow its recently-launched Polar 
Ambassador Program, which involves the education of polar visitors who, upon 
returning home, apply their commitment to sustainability and stewardship of the 
planet wherever they live in the world.

Quark Expeditions' commitment to sustainability was the driving force in the 
design and conception of the company's new ship, the technologically-advanced 
Ultramarine [ 
], which will be launching in 2021. Ultramarine's advanced sustainability 
features include: the Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS), [ 
]  which converts waste into energy; four diesel engines to meet fluctuating 
power needs; a heat recovery system; eco-friendly lighting; and a re-imagined 
hull and propeller design that ensures the lowest possible resistance (which 
translates into energy savings).   

Click here to download the entire Sustainability Report [ 
] . 

About Quark Expeditions: Specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the 
Arctic, Quark Expeditions(R) has been the leading provider of polar adventure 
travel for three decades. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small 
expedition vessels and icebreakers, it offers travelers unparalleled access to 
the most remote places on Earth. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition 
teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the onboard program 
focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience.

About Travelopia: Travelopia is one of the world's leading specialist travel 
groups. A pioneer in the experiential travel sector with a portfolio consisting 
of more than 50 independently operated brands, most of which are leaders in 
their sector. From sailing adventures, safaris and sports tours, to Arctic 
expeditions, each brand is diverse and focused on creating unforgettable 
experiences for customers across the world.

SOURCE  Quark Expeditions

CONTACT: Amanda Gadaleta,