Harbour Air & Offsetters Celebrate Earth Day
Harbour Air Seaplanes and Offsetters Climate Solutions offset 60,000 tonnes of carbon in eight years, an equivalent of taking approximately 12,600 cars off the road
April 20, 2015, Vancouver, BC – The production of greenhouse gases is an unavoidable
outcome of air travel, but Harbour Air Seaplanes and Offsetters Climate Solutions are marking Earth Day (April 22, 2015) by reflecting on an eight-year relationship that has seen the airline offset close to 60,000 tonnes of carbon through a portfolio developed with the carbon solutions provider, an equivalent of taking approximately over 12,600 cars off the road.
Harbour Air has made environmental responsibility a key part of their mandate since 2007. Passengers have since paid a nominal carbon offset surcharge that is used to mitigate the environmental impact of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s) associated with their flight, rendering each flight carbon neutral. Because of this, flying on a Harbour Air seaplane is the most climate-friendly option for passengers travelling between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria.
Harbour Air is the only airline in North America that measures, reduces, and offsets 100 per cent of corporate emissions. This includes all aspects of their operations including heating, cooling and lighting at all facilities; ground transportation services; employee business travel and commuting to work; and paper and commercial printing. The company is also a founding member of the Victoria Sustainable Tourism Alliance (ViSTA), an industry collaborative that works to influence the tourism sector, governments and local communities to identify and implement sustainable best practices.
Offsetters has worked with Harbour Air Seaplanes to develop a portfolio of offsetting projects that incorporates a mix of British Columbia and international-based carbon offset projects, including the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project, Mai Ndombe REDD+ project, Uganda Efficient Wood Cookstoves, Nanaimo Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization and the SunSelect Greenhouse project in Aldergrove.
The Great Bear Forest (GBR) Carbon Project is an Improved Forest Management project, which generates emission reductions by protecting forest areas that were previously designated, sanctioned or approved for commercial logging. Without offset funds, like those collected by Harbour Air Seaplanes, the protected areas would not have been established and harvest levels would not have been reduced. The GBR is the only Improved Forest Management project of its scale that has equal involvement with First Nations and the provincial government. The 60,000 tonnes of carbon offset by Harbour Air is roughly equivalent to the carbon dioxide stored in more than 436,000 square metres of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.
For more information, visit www.offsetters.ca.
About Offsetters Climate Solutions
Offsetters Climate Solutions is North America’s leading carbon management solutions provider. Founded in 2005, the company helps organizations and individuals understand, reduce, and offset their climate impact. Offsetters was the first official supplier of carbon offsets in the history of the Olympic movement (Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games). Its team of industry leaders specializes in the origination, development and commercialization of high-quality carbon offset projects and is proud to also provide clients with a comprehensive offering of sustainability consultancy services. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Offsetters has worked with more than 150 of the world’s most prestigious organizations including Aimia and lululemon athletica. For more information, please visit www.offsetters.ca.
About Harbour Air Seaplanes
Harbour Air was founded in B.C. in 1982 and today has more than 50 aircrafts, servicing 350,000 passengers throughout coastal British Columbia. The Harbour Air Group, consisting of Harbour Air Seaplanes, Westcoast Air, Whistler Air, Tantalus Air and Aeroflite International Services is one of the largest seaplane company in the world. For more information, please visit harbourair.com.
Note to newsrooms and editors:
James Tansey, CEO of Offsetters Climate Solutions and Mike Smith, Harbour Air Seaplanes, are available for comment and interviews. To arrange, please contact the media teams below.
For Offsetters Climate Solutions:
Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-888-8729 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Farrell, Offsetters Climate Solutions: 778-887-6049 or email@example.com
For Harbour Air Seaplanes:
Vanessa Johnson, Harbour Air Seaplanes: 250-414-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org