Mon, Oct 27, 2008
First Latin American Airline To Offer Environmental Option
The business of "going green" is big business indeed...
especially as more and more airlines realize they stand to make
some "green" off environmentally-conscious passengers.
On Monday, Copa Airlines became the latest airline to launch a
voluntary carbon offsetting program. The program is based on a
"carbon calculator" available at the airline's Web site, where
passengers can calculate the amount of greenhouse gas emissions
produced by their air travel, then make a voluntary contribution to
offset the flight's carbon footprint.
The airline also announced it is implementing an Environmental
Adaptation and Management Program that encompasses the measurement,
reduction and offsetting of emissions, in addition to promoting
cleaner production, consumption of renewable resources and a
corporate culture of environmental responsibility.
"Our efforts to reduce environmental impact are equally as
important as those of our passengers. We are very pleased to offer
this dependable and respected option for offsetting the carbon
footprint of air travel and to participate in this joint effort to
benefit our planet," said Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines.
"Counteracting the effects of climate change is an enormous
challenge, which will be successful only if we undertake the task
The voluntary gas-emissions offset program was developed in
association with Sustainable Travel International (STI), a
nonprofit organization that will invest passengers' contributions
to finance high-impact, sustainable-development programs such as
alterative energy projects and reforestation.
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