Yeti airlines Everest Cleanup campaign has collected around 38,905 kilograms of wastage from 1st January 2018 till 25th December 2018.
One of the leading domestic carrier of the country, Yeti/Tara Air in partnership with Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), Himalaya Club and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated the process to collect non-biodegradable waste from Everest region.
The airline started the program to raise public awareness on the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG) and has reached milestone of collecting around 39,000 kilogram of waste from Everest region to preserve the beauty of the region.
The airline aims to airlift around 100 tons of waste from the Everest as Everest Cleanup Campaign making it the airlines CSR program for Waste Management and Environmental Awareness since 2008 in the Everest region.
While the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), a local environmental conservation organization and the Himalaya Club Lukla, coordinates the collection of wastes in the Everest region, Blue Waste to Value, a recycling firm in Kathmandu recycles the wastes, as part of its agreement with SPCC. The wastes comprise mostly empty beer bottles and cans, empty food tins, and discarded mountaineering and trekking equipment.
The airline also extended support to SDG by providing support to ‘Ek Ek Paila’, an initiative launched by a group of doctors and volunteers with the aim of providing free health services to the people living in the remote rural areas.
To support ‘EK EK Paila’ Campaign, the airlines provided special fare to participants of the initiative that will help to promote the 3rd SDG – Good Health and Well-being in addition to its ongoing promotion of other SDGs like Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12), Climate Change (SDG13), Biodiversity Conservation (SDG 15) and partnership (SDG 17) in Nepal.
Yeti Airlines is trying to reach thousands of people with concrete and action-oriented messages for the global cause through their SDG-branded aircraft, shuttle buses, and handy SDG leaflets, donate now link on their official website, branding on the boarding pass and social media campaigns.
The airline has aimed to go carbon neutral and adopted the industry-leading practices to reduce emissions, which includes more efficient routes and operations, fleet upgrades, public incentives, staff training, and load reductions. Any unavoidable emissions have been offset by purchasing UN-certified carbon credits and other initiatives that support climate mitigation and sustainable development.