Quark Expeditions is profoundly committed to environmentally responsible tourism.
As a long-time, active member of both the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), Quark adheres to stringent guidelines designed to ensure the Polar Regions remain pristine for generations to come.
Our Sustainability Initiatives
- We were the first operator to offer inclusive CarbonNeutral® voyages on the Ocean Diamond
- Quark’s flights on the Antarctic Express Fly-Cruise program are carbon offset and help the conservation of 38,000 hectares of native forest in the Magallanes region of Chile
- All Quark team air travel is carbon offset
- Our vessels burn Marine Gas Oil (MGO) – a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor
- Quark conforms to all international regulations/policies governing disposal of waste at sea
- We serve only sustainable seafood
- We use eco-friendly laundry chemicals & cabin amenities
- We provide every passenger with a reusable water bottle
- We use only recycled, acid-free paper onboard and limit paper use
- We use recycled paper and acid free inks in the manufacture of our brochures
Our Charitable Work
Quark has been a proud ambassador of the Polar Regions since 1991. Thanks to our passengers, Quark’s onboard auctions have raised an average of $150,000 each season for charities dedicated to sustainability and conservation in the places we visit.
This year, Quark will support the following charities:
Polar Bears International
Polar Bears international is dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its sea-ice home through research, education, and stewardship.
Clean Up Svalbard
The governor of Svalbard, through Clean Up Svalbard, enlists the aid of tourism companies like Quark Expeditions to collect refuse from beaches and wilderness areas.
Underwater Bait Setter
The Underwater Bait Setter is a project designed to deliver a new piece of fishing equipment that sets longline hooks underwater to prevent seabird by catch. The BS30 is the first device of its kind in the world. It has the potential to solve the seabird by catch problem in longline fisheries once and for all.
The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT)
The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) was established in 2005 to raise funds to support its two primary purposes: To help efforts to conserve and protect those species of indigenous fauna and flora that breed and grow on South Georgia or in the surrounding seas and to raise awareness of South Georgia’s threatened species and to assist efforts to preserve the historical heritage of South Georgia, including selected historical sites of importance, and increase international awareness of the human history of the island through the South Georgia Museum.
Penguin Lifelines is a project run by Dr. Tom Hart researching the threats to Antarctic penguins. Done in collaboration with Oxford University, ZSL, Oceanites, Stony Brook and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, long-term monitoring is being used in the field, along with a genetic analysis of penguin feathers, to get a complete picture of how populations are changing.
View or download our Safety & Sustainability Guide for more information.