When you tick the Sustainable Traveller box, your offset contribution is passed directly onto verified carbon offset projects around the world that mitigate climate change, protect wildlife and nourish communities. Webjet's impactful Sustainable Traveller program is delivered in partnership with Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM), Australia's largest carbon offset provider.

What is carbon offsetting?

Carbon offsetting allows individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact through equalizing these emissions. By purchasing carbon offsets, travellers directly support environmental projects that remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere (e.g. planting forests), or prevent future emissions from occurring (e.g. replacing a coal-fired power station with a wind farm).

How does carbon offsetting work for flights?

As planes fly they burn fuel that releases greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, and as a passenger you can offset your share of these emissions. The emissions for each flight are calculated on a per-seat basis. Once you offset your seat, we purchase the equivalent number of carbon offsets in order to equalise your share of the flight’s emissions.

The projects you'll be supporting as a Sustainable Traveller:
 

 

Indigenous Fire Abatement |Australia

Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory is prone to extreme, devastating wildfires that affect the landscape, wildlife and communities. These projects comprise of an entirely Aboriginal-owned, not-for-profit carbon farming business created by Aboriginal Traditional Owners in Arnhem Land to support their engagement with the carbon industry. Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) currently supports Traditional Owners to manage five fire projects across an area of over 80,000 km2.

The projects provide employment and training opportunities for local rangers while supporting Aboriginal people in returning to, remaining on and managing their country. Communities are supported in the preservation and transfer of knowledge, the maintenance of Aboriginal languages and the wellbeing of traditional custodians. Preventing wildfires also reduces the risk of wildlife loss and protects the areas surrounding ancient rock art sites.

 

Renewable Energy |India

Across India, wind farms introduce clean energy to the grid which would otherwise be generated by a coal-fired power station. Wind power is clean in two ways: it produces no emissions and also avoids the local air pollutants associated with fossil fuels. The landowners who have sold portions of their land for the turbines to be built now have access to wind-powered electricity which in a small way is improving the families’ standard of living.

In constructing the turbines, new roads were built, improving accessibility for locals. The boost in local employment by people engaged as engineers, maintenance technicians, 24-hour on-site operators and security guards also boosted local economies and village services. Importantly, the project developers donate 5% of carbon offset revenue to the community’s temples, schools and health services, delivering immunisation programs for children and constructing water wells on landholders properties, providing access to clean water for drinking, washing clothes and irrigating their crops. In an area that hasn’t seen rain in a year, this boost to crop yield is a breath of fresh air. 

 

Forest Regeneration |Peru

The Nii Kaniti project works with seven indigenous communities to conserve 127,000 hectares of threatened forest in the Peruvian Amazon. Nii Kaniti means forest and development in the local native language. This project focuses on protecting rainforest and avoiding deforestation by scaling up sustainable community forest management. The project will avoid the release of 2.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions until 2021 by protecting the forest from logging. Instead, landowners are educated and supported to establish local enterprises such as producing crafts, cacao and sustainable wood products.

Building long term sustainable forest management practices that avoid deforestation allow landholders to generate income, improve their livelihoods and nurture the transfer of traditional knowledge and empowerment of indigenous women. Over the project lifetime, over 2000 women and 550 families will have improved their livelihood as a result of the project activities. Protecting the forest also secures vital habitat for endangered species including the jaguar, the blue-headed macaw and the tapir.    

 

Efficient Cookstoves |Malawi

In Malawi, 80% of the population live in rural areas and a significant percentage of energy needs, especially for cooking, are met by the burning of wood sourced through the unsustainable logging of native forests. The smoke from traditional open fires presents significant respiratory, heart and eye disease particularly for women and children who are responsible for preparing meals.

This offset project builds clean, efficient stoves that slow down the combustion of wood, significantly improving indoor air quality and reducing health risks. Malawian women, or community artisans, can build their own stoves with training and support using provided brick moulds. Because they require less wood, the stoves also reduce the amount of time women and children spend gathering firewood each week, allowing time for other activities.

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Sustainable Traveller Terms & Conditions

Sustainable Traveller is a voluntary contribution. In addition to your contribution, you will be charged a payment fee subject to your choice of payment method and GST. The payment fee and GST are not able to be allocated towards greenhouse gas abatement projects. To the extent permitted by law, your payment, associated payment fee and the applicable GST is non-refundable as the carbon offset contribution will be processed regardless of whether your travel is subsequentially cancelled or modified. Webjet will provide you with a tax invoice by email when you make your contribution. Webjet will not provide duplicate tax invoices. The calculation method provides a best-in-class emission estimate only and should not be relied upon as an accurate record of the actual emissions. We accept no liability if the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions relating to your trip is incorrect or inaccurately reflects actual greenhouse gas emissions attributable to your trip. Infants are not included in the calculation of flight emissions for online bookings. An infant is any child passenger under the age of two years old as of the date of travel. Children aged two years and older are included in the calculation at the same rate as adults. Your contribution will be used to acquire 'Eligible Offset Units' as defined under the Australian Government's Climate Active Certification for service. We may at our absolute discretion acquire 'Eligible Offset Units' from certified greenhouse gas abatement suppliers of our choice. You are not able to direct us to allocate the funds to any particular greenhouse gas abatement projects or suppliers. All offsets are purchased and retired in accordance with international carbon accounting standards by Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM). TEM is an authorised representative (CAR 001248300) of TEM Financial Services Pty Limited (ABN 58 142 268 479, AFSL 430036). TEM is authorised to provide financial services to wholesale clients (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001). While Webjet has taken reasonable care to ensure that the information provided by TEM and displayed on Webjet’s desktop site, mobile site and app relating to carbon offsetting is correct, all information may be subject to change at any time without notice. Webjet is not liable to you or anyone else if errors occur in the information on this website or if that information is not up-to-date. Webjet reserves the right to suspend or terminate this carbon offsetting arrangement in its absolute discretion at any time, without giving notice to you. This arrangement will be subject to any applicable legislative or other regulatory controls imposed by State and Federal Governments, whether existing now or at any time in the future. These Terms and Conditions are effective as at the date of publication 17 April 2020 and may be amended by Webjet from time to time without giving notice to you. You are also subject to Webjet’s general Booking Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy that apply.