Singapore Airlines Group launches Voluntary Carbon Offset Program
Airline innovates with special sustainability initiatives allowing for passenger participation
June 27, 2021
The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has launched a voluntary carbon offset program. The program allows customers on both Singapore Airlines and Scoot to offset their carbon emissions via dedicated microsites. For the first six months from the launch of the program, the two airlines will also match the offsets.
SIA says that the offset projects selected are ‘high-quality carbon offset projects that have a proven and measurable impact on communities and the environment.” The projects include:
- protecting forests in Indonesia
- supporting renewable solar energy projects in India
- providing efficient, clean burning cookstoves for rural families in Nepal
The dedicated microsite for customers will be available in late July 2021, with corporate customers able to participate in the program from the fourth quarter of 2021. There will also be the ability to use KrisFlyer miles and HighFlyer points to offset emissions, starting in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The offsets will be provided via the BlueHalo digital solution, which has been developed by Australia-based Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM). This allows customers to immediately calculate and offset the emissions associated with their journey.
“Through the SIA Group’s voluntary carbon offset program, our customers now have an opportunity to offset their emissions through accredited projects that provide clear benefits to people and the planet,” said Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Corporate Planning, Singapore Airlines. “Matching their offsets is our way of encouraging our customers to fly carbon neutral. The program supports the Group’s commitment to buttress our sustainability efforts, and reinforces our leadership position in the airline industry as we recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
CEO Peter Castellas, added: “SIA is committed in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions, and tackle the environmental impact of air travel. Empowering customers to take action on climate change by offsetting their emissions is an imperative in the way we will be returning to travel. We are thrilled to partner with a powerful global airline to make a powerful positive impact on people and the planet.”
Carbon emissions can be offset from either of the following two microsites:
In May 2021, the SIA Group committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The group says it will achieve this by these measures:
- investments in new-generation aircraft
- achieving higher operational efficiency
- adopting low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels, and
- sourcing for high quality carbon offsets.
The airline also has a young, fuel-efficient fleet with an average age of five years 10 months.
The SIA Group is a participant in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).