In a bid to be a flag-bearer in the effort for a Greener World and climate change occurring globally, Etihad Airways has made its pledged by considering to buy carbon offsets so as to neutralize the CO2 emissions’ of its flagship “Greenliner” 787-10 aircraft to cover up for the whole current year in operation.
This is the national airline of UAE with the ultimate objective of setting a pattern towards 50% CO2 emissions reduction by the year 2035 turns on but with the 2019 levels as the basis. Clearly, such kind of decision is exclusive one taken by any Gulf airline with a target encompassing such a magnitude, in aviation industry.
Besides, an additional offset programme is boarded upon too, here passengers are enlightened and encouraged to be a volunteer to such green environment programme through its website. (www.Etihad.com)
To support the Etihad’s Greenliner Carbon Offset Programme, Respira has flown its support, which is a mega carbon offset financing programme with a global reach and is deft for consultation in bespoke carbon offset projects across industries, to help enable enterprises implement the target project more efficiently.
But, that is, in fact, Tanzanian Foresting Project which should be credited for the take-off of this willingness and commitment that Etihad shows towards buying 80,000 tones of CO2 offset.
That is Carbon Tanzania, which has perceived and unveiled a distinctive model, termed as The Makame Savannah REDD Project” to denounce deforestation by involving the public along and in creating widespread awareness in the country about the abundant natural resources which need to be utilized in proper way for public welfare and social and economic progress. As a matter of factly, nearly 1 hundred thousand hectares of green land, which lie in the southern stretch of Tarangire Manyara ecosystem, is replete with natural resources, which can be used to make life easier and healthier.
VERRA, which is an autonomous body meant for carbon offset, analyses project feasibility and looks after its implementation, has put certification stamp on the scheme. This, and other such efforts which have seen glory and sheen at he end of the tunnel, are pretty evident to the fact that carbon offset decisions are, in fact, quantifiable, sustainable and are immensely worthwhile to the human existence on the planet. Besides, the underlying conformation to climate, community and bio-diversity standards is also vivid in the Tanzanian Project.
Tony Douglas, who can easily fly in Etihad’s First Class as Aviation Group CEO declares, “It’s encouraging to end a difficult year with such a positive move for a sustainable future of aviation. While the year brought many challenges, sustainability has remained at the top of our agenda, and the work hasn’t stopped. Expect to see more ground-breaking initiatives in 2021 as we learn the environmental lessons from initiatives with our Greenliner fleet and other sustainability initiatives.”
In an ecstasy of ideas and pooling efforts, Etihad claims to be looking for Sustainable Aviation Fuels too and Greenliner Carbon Offset Programme is part of that “Greener Commitment”
Anna Hourie, who is Respira’s CEO, opines, “Respira offers a fresh approach to the carbon market by aligning the interests of project developers, buyers and capital providers. In this way, we create win-win outcomes for all stakeholders. It is a privilege to work Etihad, which has shown real commitment to its sustainability goals through what is challenging period for the airline industry.”
Now, Respira tends to launch operations in Abu Dhabi, capital of UAE, but more precisely at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) which is global financial hub of Emirate, simply to extend support and guidance to Etihad’s and Abu Dhabi’s noble objectives targeted towards long term sustainability.
Dr. Alejandro Rios-Galvan, Chairman of Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, and issues precious advice to Etihad on multiple issues, opines, “This is a great start for Etihad’s zero carbon journey using a well-respected offset standard that is fully compliant with the best sustainability practices out there. We look forward to continue supporting Etihad on their long-term sustainability strategy”.