Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Business Magazine calls for new business partners to meet ClimateCare’s 2020 targets

The Business Magazine has just published a great article about our 2020 vision and our integrated Climate+Care programmes that protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

Read the article here.

To take part in one of our Climate+Care projects that protect the environment and improve lives, use our online calculator or contact a member of the ClimateCare team today on +44 (0)1865 591000.

South African airline, Mango, joins the IATA Carbon Offset Program to reduce emissions and benefit local communities

Low-Cost South African airline Mango, has joined the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Carbon Offset Program. From today, Mango customers can opt to offset carbon emissions and at the same time, they will improve life for low income families in South Africa.

The IATA Carbon Offset Program is run in partnership with ClimateCare and offers airlines a turnkey solution for providing customer offsets. IATA ensure a robust calculation process and provides support to help airlines implement their offset programme. ClimateCare is responsible for sourcing and developing high quality carbon reduction projects that have relevance to each airline. It also provides materials and support to communicate the projects to maximise uptake.

Mango and IATA have developed a simple programme which they hope will encourage a high number of passengers to take part. Having calculated emissions from the average Mango flight, the airline asks customers to pay a flat-rate fee towards offsetting these emissions at booking.

Mango passengers will offset emissions through a project that provides solar power to low income families across South Africa. Money generated will support installation of solar water heating units to low income families across South Africa, lessening the demand for fossil-fuel based electricity and reducing CO2 emissions, but that’s not all. This project improves the lives of families in South Africa – increasing disposable income by creating new skilled jobs, saving money on fuel bills and providing access to reliable energy for some households who are currently off-grid.

“Today’s launch marks an important milestone in the continuing success of the IATA Carbon Offset Program and we are delighted to help support both IATA and Mango in their ambitions to tackle the environmental impacts of aviation, through projects which protect the environment and improve people’s lives. We’d encourage other airlines to take similar action” says ClimateCare CEO Edward Hanrahan.

“This is a global standard program that will deliver local benefits… It’s a winning proposition for travelers, the environment and local communities,” says Tony Tyler, Director General, IATA.

 

More Information

 

Airlines interested in joining the IATA scheme should contact Michael Schneider at SchneiderM@iata.org

To set up a similar offset programme for your industry contact ClimateCare on +44 (0)1865 591000

 

Remember: If you fly with an airline that doesn’t yet offer a carbon offset scheme you can still offset your flight emissions through our online Calculator.

 

International Air Transport Association: Simple, effective offsetting for the World’s airlines

“Our job is to make it easy for our members to do the right thing and ClimateCare help us do just that. Their skill and experience allows us to offer members a world-class carbon offset program that we can trust to deliver real positive outcomes for the environment and local communities.

On top of that, the ClimateCare team make themselves available to help our members maximise the effectiveness and relevance of their individual programme and therefore secure more value from the activity. We are delighted to work with them and encourage more airlines to get involved and take advantage of this expert resource.”

Michael Schneider, Assistant Director
IATA Carbon Offset Program

 

The Challenge

IATA, The International Air Transport Association represents some 250 airlines, or 84% of total civil air traffic. It supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

Flying is one of the most efficient ways to travel on a per km basis. However, the distances that people travel means that civil aviation is responsible for 2% (source: ATAG) of global carbon emissions*. Aviation is set to expand and currently there are no viable alternatives to long-distance travel. Whilst airlines work hard to reduce their emissions, offsetting is the only way to address what remains.

To offset, airlines need to calculate their emissions accurately, purchase high quality carbon credits from projects that are independently verified and ensure they communicate their actions accurately and effectively. IATA developed a best practice programme they could roll out to make offsetting simple, effective and appealing for their members and selected ClimateCare to source and develop high quality projects that have relevance to the airlines.

 

*The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that aviation contributes around 2% of manmade CO2 emissions with high altitude emissions of other gases contributing to additional climate impact.

 

The Solution

IATA and ClimateCare worked together to help airlines maximise the benefits of carbon offsetting – making it easy to do and ensuring that projects supported protect the environment, improve people’s lives and have relevance for staff and passengers.

Each airline works closely with IATA to calculate emissions using the IATA carbon calculator methodology. ClimateCare can then source or develop high quality carbon reduction projects that have a relevance to the airline. For example, Kenya Airways support a project to protect 500,000 hectares of Kenyan forest, whilst Portugal’s TAP, support CER projects in countries with a historical link to Portugal such as hydro and biomass projects in Brazil. ClimateCare ensures that high quality carbon credits are retired on behalf of the IATA Carbon Offset Program. They also advise each airline about how to communicate their offer to staff and customers – supporting them with anything from articles for inflight magazines, to developing effective messaging for customer booking pathways.

 

The Impact

IATA members can now offer offsetting as standard, or as a customer option and IATA also offset their own operational emissions through the programme.

Over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 have been offset through the IATA Carbon Offset Program to date – that’s the same as turning off all the electricity for the City of London for almost a month.

 

More information

Download the IATA Case Study