Air New Zealand FlyNeutral
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 $29.08
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
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.
Household biogas digesters in Yuqing, China
Many households in rural China use open pits to store waste and animal manure. These pits generate methane and present health risks to livestock and humans. In parallel to this, households in Yuqing County traditionally use collected firewood to cook food and heat their homes. This costs families time and money whilst exposing them to harmful indoor air pollution.
This project supports farmers to build and maintain a household biogas digester, which produces a renewable gas than can be used for cooking and home heating. The project gives households control of their own energy supply and improves air quality in residences.