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Posted On: 14 April 2009 10:51 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Qatar Airways signs key carbon trade deal

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Qatar Airways is going Green. It has signed a ground-breaking agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to spearhead the global carbon offset trading scheme designed to help fund global environmental projects. Under the innovative programme, when passengers book their tickets, they can choose to pay a little extra to offset the carbon footprint for the particular flight being taken, with proceeds going towards international programmes recognised by non-government organisations. The IATA system calculates the carbon footprint for different flight sectors and passengers are able to select which of the many programmes to support with the extra they contribute. A number of international community projects in developing nations will benefit from the programme, which is yet another committed move by Qatar Airways as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the carbon offset trading scheme was a further step by the airline to forge ahead with an environment-friendly programme. “Qatar Airways is committed to engaging, creating and developing CSR programmes in the interests of the environment and the people who fly with us,” he said. Society worldwide is becoming ever more conscious on the impact of climate change on our daily lives. It has affected, is affecting and will continue to affect the world — and the onus is very much on the corporate world to ensure we strive towards zero carbon emissions to make the world a safer and cleaner place, Al Baker said. “Much has been documented by environmental groups and industry bodies over the years about the impact the aviation industry is having on society, and we must collectively address these as practically as possible.” Al Baker added that Qatar Airways was investing heavily in new, modern and cleaner aircraft which, he stressed, was a concerted effort to keep the carbon emission count at its minimum and, in doing so, reduce the impact on the environment.