Yeti Airlines, in partnership with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has formally initiated the process to transform itself into a carbon neutral airline.
Why it matters:
Yeti Airlines is now the first airline in Nepal to initiate its journey into carbon neutrality. This is a significant step for Nepal in promoting environmental sustainability in the aviation sector.
Yeti Airlines gave a statement on a workshop held on Friday at Hotel Himalaya.
The event was attended by representatives from the Government of Nepal, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), UNDP, civil society organizations, and the private sector.
What they are saying:
“We plan to adopt industry-leading practices to reduce our emissions, which includes more efficient routes and operations, fleet upgrades, public incentives, staff training, and load reductions. Any unavoidable emissions will be offset by purchasing UN-certified carbon credits and other initiatives that support climate mitigation and sustainable development for the benefit of the Nepalese people. We aim to become a carbon neutral company by 2018,” said Yeti Airlines CEO Umesh Chandra Rai.
According to the statement:
- Yeti airline shared the results of its first annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory along with plans to reduce and offset emissions.
- This first exercise examined the GHG emissions resulting from air travel, vehicle use and facility operations
- The preliminary carbon footprint report shows Yeti Airlines produced 18,113 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions in 2017 mainly from aircraft fuel.
- The sum is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by approximately 470,000 trees over 10 years.