Kenya Airways, the Pride of Africa is always concerned about the environment and the airline knows exactly what effects global warming is having on the world which is why they initiated the Carbon Offset Program that offers customers the opportunity to offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions attributed to their flights. The program has been developed in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Nobel Prize winning, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that aviation contributes around 2% of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to the environment. The carbon emissions have been known to contribute to climate change including global warming, a phenomenon that is threatening the inhabitants of the planet earth.
By Offsetting Carbon, they will contribute to the global efforts for reducing further air emissions and cleaning the environment hence help in meeting the challenge of climate change.
The inbuilt IATA carbon calculator is based on the ICAO methodology and enhanced with real airline data, using actual fuel burn, travel class, taking into consideration the load factor and weight for passengers and belly cargo for a given city pair. The calculator informs the passenger of the actual distance of the flight in question and calculates the level of emissions created by that flight per person. Furthermore, the passenger is informed of the voluntary financial contributions Kenya Airways is making to show devotion to environmental sustainability projects.
Kenya Airways collects carbon offset contributions on behalf of passengers to be invested in high quality environmental projects that were identified to have positive socio-economic impact and reduce carbon emission in developing countries.
The IATA Carbon Offset Program invests in UN-Approved Certified Emissions Reductions (CER) projects and high quality VER projects generating high quality carbon credits. Kenya Airways will support projects within developing countries in line with the UN’s Cleaner Development Mechanisms (CDM).