Sven-Olof Lindblad

Sven-Olof Lindblad
Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and CEO, Lindblad Expeditions

For Going Carbon Neutral 

In a bold eco-move, this year Sven Lindblad, president and CEO, Lindblad Expeditions, said he’s taking the marine expedition company “carbon neutral,” with 100 percent emissions offsets — demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainability and environmentally responsible operations. Lindblad Expeditions’ investments will effectively offset 100% of ship emissions, covering the eight vessels in the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet and five leased vessels, as well as emissions from land-based operations and employee travel.  

When National Geographic Endurance, Lindblad’s first polar-class new build, launches in 2020, it also will reflect Lindblad’s eco-commitment and innovative spirit. This 126-passenger polar-class vessel will debut a signature X-BOW, which will be fuel efficient and significantly improve guest comfort in rough seas. 

Pioneering new concepts isn’t new for Lindblad, a passionate global explorer, photographer and nature lover who traveled extensively with his dad, famed adventure travel pioneer, Lars-Eric Lindblad, and also spent six years in East Africa photographing wildlife and assisting filmmakers on a documentary about the destruction of African rainforests.

Early exposure to nature taught Lindblad the importance of maintaining natural resources and understanding cultures in remote regions. In 1979, Sven launched Special Expeditions (now Lindblad Expeditions), and propelled that line into the public limelight in 2004 via a multifaceted strategic alliance with National Geographic. 

Today, the line is an environmentally sensitive expedition travel operator, and Lindblad has been honored by the United Nations’ Environment Program and the line is cutting out all single-use plastics. 

Sven-Olof Lindblad

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