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.

For more information about how FlyNeutral operates, click here.

CURRENT CARBON CREDIT PRICE: NZ $25.40

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 summarised below. You can also read more about our five permanent native forest carbon projects.

Pigeon Bush Reserve

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.

Chatham Island forest restoration project

The Chatham Islands Forest Restoration Project is located on Owenga Station, a 4000-hectare sheep and cattle farm on Chatham Island, privately owned and managed by Alfred and Robyn Preece. The project comprises 1400 hectares of land dedicated to native forest recovery on the south-east coast of Chatham Island and represents an outstanding contribution to the recovery of indigenous forest on the Chatham Islands.

National projects - Sustainable Development Goals

International projects

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 are:

Prony & Kafeate wind project

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.

Yarra Yarra restoration in Australia

Once an area of vibrant woodlands, almost 97% of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor was cleared for traditional farming practices in the early 1900s. Now, parts of the landscape are not suitable for traditional agriculture due to a drying climate. The replanting of trees and shrubs at Yarra Yarra restores degraded environments, and is part of a broader vision to create a green corridor to restore ecosystems and preserve threatened flora and fauna. This is the first project in Australia to be certified by Gold Standard.

Solar power for clean cooking in China

Due to its predominantly sunny weather, the rural area of Zhangyeis is one of the most suitable regions in China for utilising solar energy. Traditionally, these households have used coal for cooking and to boil water for safe consumption, resulting in over 380,000 premature deaths are caused each year by indoor air pollution in China.

This project allows local communities to harness solar power for cooking and boiling water, removing the requirement to burn solid fuels – cutting emissions and reducing respiratory illness.

International projects - Sustainable Development Goals