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 |Emerging Countries
The vast majority of rural populations across Africa, Asia and South America cook on highly inefficient, traditional three-stone fires, often located inside poorly-ventilated kitchens. This not only causes severe household air pollution and chronic respiratory, heart and eye disease but imposes a material health burden on women and children who are responsible for preparing meals. The need for firewood also contributes to the unsustainable logging of native forests.
These offset projects build clean, efficient stoves that slow down the combustion of wood, significantly improving indoor air quality and reducing health risks and burns. 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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