Yeti Airlines has become successful to be the first Airline Company in Nepal to reduce and offset gas emissions.
Assessing the United Nation’s concept ‘Greening the Blue’ to climate neutrality, Yeti Airlines is the first airlines in Nepal and most probably South Asia’s first Carbon neutral airlines of 2018 to reduce and offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The carrier participated in an independent carbon audit process facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has been using carbon footprint calculation tools to assess its annual carbon emissions from its aircraft, vehicles and facilities operation and made plan to reduce it.
According to Independent Carbon Audit, the carbon footprint from Yeti Airline’s 2018 operations is 19,665 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) in 2018.
From this emissions, approximately 3,25,165 trees will grow over 10 years. 99.9 per cent of total GHG emissions of airline fleet consumption.
Using a low fuel consuming aircraft between 2017 and 2018, the carrier reduced CO2 equivalent emissions per flight km by 20 per cent and per passenger by 12 per cent.
The airline has been successful to produce low GHG emissions by adopting ATR 72-500 series aircraft and planned to replace 6 Jetstream41aircraft with the more fuel-efficient (15%) ATR aircraft over the next 5 years.
In additions, Yeti Airlines has made strategic options to reduce emission in the coming year where Fleet and Equipment upgrades (Jetstream-41 fleets are being replaced by more efficient ATR72-500) ‘ introducing more efficient flight operations, streamlining ground procedures, improving airport infrastructure and public awareness and staff training are included.
Yeti Airlines has been conducting various environmental projects such as Green re-forestation project, Everest Cleanup Campaign, Green Far-west projects in past years.
Yeti Airlines has embarked journey of carbon neutrality by purchasing offset credits equivalent to 2018 emission through UNFCCC Carbon Neutral Now platform.
Umesh Chandra Rai, Chief Executive Officer of Yeti Airlines stated that Yeti Airlines, which has the largest air network in Nepal, had been improving customer service levels along with constantly working to protect the environment.
Being one of the leading domestic airline operators of the country, the carrier has partnered with the United Nations in Nepal to raise public awareness on the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG) through branding their ATRs with the SDGs. Previously, as a part of the campaign, Yeti released two airport shuttle buses decorated with Sustainable Development Goals and the logos promoting awareness to reduce poverty, improve well-being and protect the environment.