Air New Zealand has carefully selected a portfolio of quality carbon emission reduction projects for the FlyNeutral programme. These projects are based in New Zealand and in other countries Air New Zealand flies to, particularly in the Pacific region.
This means that the carbon credits you are purchasing to offset your flight emissions with Air New Zealand are helping to fund emission reductions both at home in New Zealand and in countries across Air New Zealand’s destination network.
All of the carbon credits supplied in the FlyNeutral programme represent emission reductions from projects that support innovation and investment for the future, something Air New Zealand cares about.
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Current Carbon Credit Price: NZ $14.90
The price of the FlyNeutral carbon credits is updated quarterly.
New Zealand projects
The FlyNeutral programme purchases carbon credits from native forest restoration projects registered with the New Zealand Government under the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative which rewards landowners for permanently preserving forests that will absorb carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere. More information on the PFSI is available on the Ministry for Primary Industries’ website.
All New Zealand native forest restoration projects supplying carbon credits to Air New Zealand for the FlyNeutral programme are managed and sourced by Permanent Forests NZ Ltd.
Example native forestry projects in New Zealand and supported by the FlyNeutral programme are:
Hinewai Reserve is an ecological restoration project on Banks Peninsula, privately owned and managed by the Maurice White Native Forest Trust. Hinewai Reserve occupies 1250 hectares in the south-eastern corner of Banks Peninsula on the South Island’s east coast. The reserve lies east of the town of Akaroa.
Pigeon Bush Reserve is one of the many reserves owned and operated by the Native Forest Restoration Trust and lies between the Rimutaka and Tararua Conservation Parks just west of Featherston. It expands the forest boundaries in an ecologically significant way, providing an assured corridor for wildlife. The lowland beech forest present on the reserve is the rarest of all the lowland forests in the Tararua Ecological Area, so more representation of this type is important.
All international projects are carefully chosen for the climate and broader benefits they create such as local renewable energy projects providing clean energy to communities, and biogas creation for rural landowners to help light, power and heat their homes.
International projects in the FlyNeutral programme portfolio are certified to leading global voluntary carbon standards and are sustainable. The projects are chosen to create community as well as climate benefits.
Example international emission reduction projects in the FlyNeutral programme (effective 24 July 2018 for carbon offsetting via the Air New Zealand website) are:
This Gold Standard project replaces fossil fuel-energy with clean, renewable wind energy for 4,000 people on the island of New Caledonia. It is creating long term employment and training for the local Kanak people, and helping students learn about climate issues.
This government-supported project is transforming the lives of rural smallholders by using their livestock’s waste to produce biogas – a clean, reliable and cost-effective energy for cooking, lighting and hot water. To date, over 140,000 families have benefited from this free source of energy. And, by educating farmers about how to handle waste it is improving livestock welfare and overall sanitation.
This innovative project is cutting carbon emissions by helping rural residents move from coal to solar cooking technology. This also saves families money on fuel, improves indoor living conditions, and creates permanent employment for the local population.
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