New Zealand enviro-tech company, CarbonClick, is flying high with Air Tahiti Nui in a worldwide partnership that delivers a fully verified carbon offset programme for its customers.
"By offering our passengers the opportunity to participate in offsetting their carbon impact, we are empowering them to take a real and measurable action on their carbon footprint through the delivery of this partnership," says Michel Monvoisin, CEO of Air Tahiti Nui.
Air Tahiti Nui General Manager Pacific, Daniel Eggenberger, says, "Initially we were just looking at Oceania, but as our discussions progressed, the benefits to take this programme globally became very evident. The programme also presented, in our view, the best-in-class solution to help fulfil our mandate for more sustainable air travel."
The partnership, that began in June, enables Air Tahiti Nui customers to participate in a highly impactful programme described by the airline as "simple, transparent, and traceable." With a focus on conservation and regeneration, the CarbonClick programme splits its benefits between local projects and high impact international projects. In New Zealand, the current local project is the regeneration of native forests in the Kaikoura region.
Upon confirmation of their booking, Air Tahiti Nui customers can click to assess their flight impact and are invited to voluntarily offset their flight through the following three certified carbon offset projects, the benefits to which are split evenly.
The projects that are currently available to Air Tahiti Nui passengers are:
- Reforestation in New Zealand - regeneration of Kaikoura's native forests
- Native Woodland Creation - increasing biodiversity and ecological benefits in Coshieville, Scotland
- Protecting the American Wilderness - Doe Mountain, Tennessee, USA, home to endangered wildlife
CarbonClick CEO Dave Rouse says, "People get an immediate sense of satisfaction with the programme in that they can see the good they are doing right away; where, when and how it is happening. This is an important element of our uptake together with empowering our partners and their customers with the ability to positively affect wider social and environmental impacts far beyond the carbon component."
This recent initiative adds to a suite of sustainability activities that the airline employs across all facets of its operations, including a fleet of the world's most modern aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
What is voluntary carbon offsetting and why offset your emissions?
Carbon offsetting consists of "reabsorbing" the emissions from one's activity (travel, housing energy, etc.) by financing carbon offsetting programs aimed at storing CO2 (via tree planting) or reducing them at the source by promoting the use of renewable alternatives (e.g. biogas, solar cookers, etc.) generally located in developing countries. Each emission offset corresponds to a carbon credit.
We speak of "voluntary" offsetting when the individual or company offsetting is not obliged to do so (contrary to a regulatory obligation imposed in certain countries and sectors) to reduce its ecological footprint.
To calculate the carbon emissions of your flight with Air Tahit Nui please follow the link.
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