Yeti Airlines publishes 1st Annual Greenhouse Gas inventory

28th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Yeti Airlines has published its 1st Annual Greenhouse Gas inventory, in a program on January 26, officially starting the process to transform itself into a carbon neutral airline. The airlines started the initiative in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The report examined the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from air travel, vehicle use and facility operations, allowing the airlines to establish a carbon baseline which will be used to monitor progress towards becoming completely carbon neutral.

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 this will inspire several other Nepali businesses to adopt a goal of climate neutrality, and the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development.”

The Director General of CAAN, Sanjiv Gautam said, “With its decision today, Yeti Airlines has aided CAAN in its ongoing efforts to promote environmental sustainability in the aviation sector. This will contribute towards meeting national and global commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. I am sure the airline will continue its efforts to regularly monitor, report and offset carbon emissions.”

The preliminary carbon footprint report shows Yeti Airlines produced 18,113 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions in 2017 mainly from aircraft fuel consumed. This is equivalent to the amount of carbon absorbed by approximately 470,000 trees over 10 years. The emissions from air travel accounts for nearly 100% of the company’s emissions. Between 2016 and 2017, the CO2e emissions per km decreased by 7% while the CO2e emissions per passenger decreased by 11% due to a more efficient fleet.

“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 Airline CEO Umesh Chandra Rai.