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Safarilink Goes Green


















SAFARILINK GOES GREEN

Although debate continues about global warming, the evidence at this time points towards the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere being a contributory factor and accordingly every effort should be made to reduce this aspect. One accepted solution is to "lock up" the gas by absorbing it by trees. And although the emissions from the fuel burnt by aircraft are a small percentage of the total emissions from automobiles, power stations, factories, etc a responsible airline obviously has an ethical obligation to help reduce their "carbon footprint" as it is commonly known.

Accordingly Safarilink has taken the decision for their flights to be "carbon-neutral" from 2009. This will be achieved by a major involvement in an indigenous tree planting exercise on the foothills of Mount Kenya within the Mount Kenya National Reserve. The number of trees necessary to achieve the carbon-neutral target will be based on the a calculation linking the hours flown by the Safarilink fleet, their fuel consumption rate, a documented conversion rate for Jet A1 fuel to carbon dioxide and the "lock up" factor for the trees. The practical aspects of growing the saplings, their planting out, and equally important, their subsequent care until well established will be carried out by women's groups under the supervision of the Bill Woodley Mount Kenya Trust. This organisation has been involved in similar projects since 2003 and has already planted out over 120,000 saplings.

Additional benefits of Safarilink Going Green will be an improvement in the tree cover and hence reduced soil erosion over one of the most important water catchment areas in Kenya and a direct significant financial benefit to the women who will grow the saplings and nurture them to maturity.



If you would like to learn more about the Bill Woodley Mount Kenya Trust then contact Susie Weeks, the Bill Woodley Mount Kenya Executive Officer, on susie@mountkenyatrust.org.