Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Wizz Air launches a carbon offsetting scheme

The European budget carrier Wizz Air has launched a carbon offsetting scheme as part of its wider commitment to reducing emissions, enabling passengers to calculate their flight’s environmental impact and offset its carbon emissions.

The new scheme is in partnership with CHOOOSE, a climate-focused technology company and provides passengers with the option to offset their journey by supporting trusted, high impact climate projects around the world. Passengers just use a special calculator on the budget airlines website he n booking, it then calculates how much people need to pay to offset their flights.

Wizz Air is initially supporting two verified carbon-reducing projects; The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in Uganda, an award-winning and longstanding reforestation project, and the Pichacay Landfill Gas to Renewable Energy Project in Ecuador, which recovers and repurposes landfill methane to produce clean electricity. Both projects are certified by the Verified Carbon Standard to measurable reduce emissions.

"We strive to be the greenest airline of choice as we work hard on continuously decreasing our environmental footprint." Said Marion Geoffroy, Chief Corporate Officer at Wizz Air, adding:  "We are delighted to be working with CHOOOSE to provide carbon offsetting to our passengers. Together with our modern aircraft fleet, variety of fuel saving initiatives, maximisation of passenger load factor, a network design which avoids unnecessary connecting flights and the lightest materials used in the cabin, we are ensuring that Wizz Air is the best and greenest choice passengers can make when they fly.”

*Wizz Air’s carbon-dioxide emissions were the lowest among European airlines in FY2019 (57.2 gr/km/passenger)

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