Green Earth Africa Enters Into Discussions With A Major International Airline To Manage Their Carbon Emissions Offset and Tree Planting Programmes.
Hong Kong, Tuesday 1st June 2010.Green Earth Africa, after making presentations to a major international airline , highlighting Green Earth Africa’s reforestation , deforestation , wildlife protection , bio diversity and community development programmes throughout Southern Africa have reached an initial agreement to manage the airlines carbon offset and reforestation programmes throughout Southern Africa. Formalisation of the agreement are under way and signature of the agreements will take place in due course.
In a short statement Nick Havercroft, President of Green Earth Africa said “Whilst many airlines offer the opportunity to offset your personal emissions during your flight, very few passengers actually understand where this money goes to or how it is used to offset their personal emissions and see it as a money making scam by the airlines. Most airlines use these funds to engage in tree planting exercises, which is a positive intuitive, however the current costs of planting one tree averages out to around US$9.00 per tree and the survival rate of these planted trees is less than 40%.
Often, expensive NGO’s or governmental departments with high overheads and salaries are commissioned to undertake the planting of these trees. Once planted the trees are forgotten about and with insect damage, fire damage, cattle grazing and illicit chopping down of the trees the survival rate is very low, less than five % of the trees actually grow to maturity and therefore no carbon is absorbed to offset your flight, despite having paid for the offset charges.
Green Earth Africa, through it’s experienced, hands on management, local knowledge, protected timber plantations, the employment and involvement of local communities, are able to plant trees at a cost of less than US$2.00 per tree and achieve a survival rate of over 90%, thus greatly increasing the effectiveness of the airlines carbon offset emission programmes.
It is our hope that other airlines see the importance of skilled and continuous management of planted trees which is essential for their survival and effectiveness in offsetting their industries emissions. It is Green Earth Africa’s wish to engage more airlines and manage their tree planting programmes and to ensure that this is a global airline intuitive to combat climate change and that customers personal carbon offset payments are used to maximum benefit for the purpose in which they were intended. With our management and cost structure, we are able to plant five times more trees for the same cost than what is currently being planted and also ensure a much higher survival rate. This is not a competition between the airlines, but rather a joint industry, community and African effort to help reverse the trend of global climate change and the destruction of the continents rainforests. It is our hope that the airlines continue their good work to reduce and offset their greenhouse gas emissions and more will engage Green Earth Africa to manage and protect their tree planting programmes.”
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