Kathmandu, January 26
Yeti Airlines, in partnership with United Nations Development Programme, has formally initiated the process of transforming itself as a carbon neutral airline.
At a workshop attended by representatives of the Government of Nepal, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, UNDP, civil society organisations, and the private sector here today, the airlines shared the results of its first annual Greenhouse Gas inventory along with future plans to reduce and offset emissions.
This first exercise examined the GHG emissions resulting from air travel, vehicle use and facility operations. In doing so, the airline has established a carbon baseline, which will be used to monitor progress and ultimately become carbon neutral through emission reductions and offsetting.
Building on this initiative, the airline plans to move towards the ultimate goal of climate neutrality which includes other impact areas of its operations such as water use and waste management, read a joint press release issued by the UNDP and the airlines.
“With the invaluable support of the CAAN and UNDP, Yeti Airlines will be embarking on a committed journey to Carbon neutrality,” Yeti Airlines CEO Umesh Chandra Rai.
“We hope you will all extend your support in our endeavor to minimise and offset greenhouse gas emissions,” Rai added.
Speaking at the event, UNDP Nepal Country Director Renaud Meyer said,“I would like to congratulate Yeti Airlines for taking a bold decision to transform itself into a climate neutral company in partnership with UNDP. I believe that this will inspire several other Nepali businesses to adopt a goal of climate neutrality and the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development.”
Sanjiv Gautam, CAAN director general, said, “With its decision today, Yeti Airlines has aided CAAN in its ongoing efforts to promote environmental sustainability in the aviation sector. This will certainly contribute towards meeting national and global commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. I am sure that the airlines will continue its efforts to regularly monitor, report and offset carbon emissions”.
A version of this article appears in print on January 27, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.