(29 August 2022, 11:08 +07) Etihad Airways has committed to adopt a mangrove tree on behalf of every passenger who purchases an Economy Space seat.
In February 2022, Etihad launched an initiative for biodiversity, wildlife and environmental protection, aiming to plant 182,000 mangroves tree in Abu Dhabi by Q1 2023.
The next phase of the Etihad Mangrove Forest programme is to plant new forests in destinations in other countries.
Mangroves remove up to four times more carbon dioxide from the air than other tropical forests, helping to fight the effects of climate change such as coral bleaching and coastline degradation, as well as support biodiversity and wildlife as an important habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.
Etihad Airways will plant one mangrove tree for each economy space seat
Through this latest initiative, Etihad will plant one mangrove tree in locations in Abu Dhabi for each economy space seat purchased on any Etihad Airways flight. Each mangrove planted alone will absorb up to 250kg of CO2 in its lifetime – the same amount produced by an eight-hour flight.
Every traveller who books an Economy Space Seat will receive confirmation of their gifted mangrove in the Etihad Forest within 10 days of flying. From the email link, they have the ability to track, virtually visit, see photos and other details of their tree, confirming the carbon offset for their recent travel.
Passengers have the option to register their claimed tree so they can easily revisit it at a later day. Through the platform’s app, passengers can “chat” with their chatbot-enabled tree, while also being able to track every tree with satellite maps and access data, including CO2 consumption metrics which can be tracked.
“In addition to our own sustainability ambitions, we made a commitment to helping our guests and partners to travel more sustainably and empower them to make conscious choices. With the latest evolution of our sustainability programme to plant a mangrove on behalf of every guest who books an Economy Space seat, we’re simplifying the process so anyone can travel sustainably,” said Mariam Al Qubaisi, Head of Sustainability, Etihad Aviation Group. “The Etihad Mangrove Forest is a key initiative in our sustainability journey to ensure our responsibility to remove carbon from the atmosphere is progressing. The intent is to create forests on all continents we fly to, and to provide our guests with an engaging opportunity to take part in the solution.”
Travellers in other cabins can also take part in the Etihad Forest initiative using Etihad Guest Miles in the Reward Shop, while a range of additional options are offered to meet corporate partner requirements and provide bundled-offset options through the Corporate Conscious Choices programme.
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