Kenya Airways’ carbon offset program has been successfully audited by the QAS since 2013. The airline uses a comprehensive real world emissions database built by IATA to calculate the emissions produced for the flight you choose to offset.
Their Kenya-based Kasigau Corridor REDD project is the first ever to be issued Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs) for REDD under both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) the two most comprehensive carbon accounting standards among projects issuing credits in the voluntary market. The project generates over one million VERs per year, making it also the first mega project under the VCS, and will avoid the emission of over thirty million tonnes of CO2e over the life of the project.
The Kasigau Corridor REDD project is protecting two hundred thousand hectares (five hundred thousand acres) of dryland forest in southeastern Kenya that forms a corridor between two National Parks, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. This dryland forest is under intense threat from slash and burn agriculture as the local population expands, but as a result of climate change agricultural productivity in this already marginal area has decreased significantly. It involves nearly one hundred and fifty thousand rural Kenyans who are benefitting from the distribution of revenues from the sale of the project’s carbon offsets.
The Project Area is home to a fantastic diversity of mammals, including over fifty species of large mammal, more than twenty species of bats, over 300 species of birds and important populations of IUCN Red List species such as Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Lion (Panthera leo) as well as over five hundred African elephants (Loxidonta africana) seasonally.
You can offset your flights using the Kenya Airways Carbon Offset Program when you book online.