SATA Air Açores and Azores Airlines, SATA's group airlines, announced that 5,800 passengers have voluntarily contributed to IATA's Carbon Offset Program.
This achievement was only possible thanks to the airline's passengers, who are very sensitive to their emissions and took advantage of the Program made available by SATA's airline in association with IATA.
Their solidarity will help to support the development of worldwide sustainable projects. It is an excellent sign, which can only motivate an applause to all the passengers who have joined the cause.
SATA Azores Airlines launched its Voluntary Passenger Carbon Offset Program (based on the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offset Program) on March 24, 2022.
The Carbon Offset program allows passengers to offset carbon emissions from their flights. When booking, passengers have the chance to support ongoing sustainable projects aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in different regions across the planet.
Passengers who have already donated to SATA Azores Airlines Carbon Offset Program are contributing to the "Ecofiltro Guatemala Improved Stoves and Water Purification" project. This project improves the health conditions of rural families in Guatemala by providing high-quality stoves to replace the traditional and inefficient fires used for cooking. The project also contributes to offering high-quality water purification equipment (eco-filters) to increase potable water access.
Currently, the IATA Offset Carbon Program does not have projects in Portugal; however, if some become available, SATA Azores Airlines wishes to make them available for passengers to support.
IATA's Carbon Offset Program represents a step towards reinforcing the airline's sustainability strategy for the coming years. In addition to the renewal of the Azores Airlines fleet, which allows a more significant volume of reduction in CO2 emissions, other incremental processes are taking place simultaneously in several areas of the Group's activities. SATA Azores Airlines also joined the IEnvA Program, supported by IATA, and the CELE (EU) and CORSIA (ICAO) decarbonization programs.
ABOUT IATA'S VOLUNTARY CARBON EMISSION OFFSET PROGRAM
What is carbon offsetting? Carbon offsetting is simply a way for individuals or organizations, in this case, airline passengers and corporate customers, to "neutralize" their travel carbon emissions by investing in carbon reduction projects. More than 50 IATA member airlines have introduced a compensation program integrated into their web sales platforms. IATA - Carbon Offset Program
ABOUT THE "ECOFILTRO GUATEMALA IMPROVED STOVES AND WATER PURIFICATION" PROJECT
A project dedicated to improving the health of rural families in Guatemala, which provides stoves to heat food and eco-filters to enhance the quality of water. In addition to improving the population's health, it prevents the felling of around 2,000 trees a day and contributes to a reduction of up to 200,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually. Natural Capital Partners | Water Filtration and Improved Cookstoves,…
ABOUT IATA ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (IEnVA)
SATA Azores Airlines believes its mission is to ensure that everything is done to become an example for environmental sustainability. The IEnvA Program includes processes that promote corporate, operational, and procedural changes to be implemented in all the company areas to ensure the adoption of robust and specific environmental practices for aviation, aiming at reducing its impact on the environment. IATA - Environmental Assessment (IENVA)
SATA AZORES AIRLINES
The SATA Group comprises two airlines and an airport management company established in the Azores.
Each company benefits from the experience, know-how, and knowledge developed over more than eighty years of activity in air transport. Established in 1941, under the name of "Sociedade Açoreana de Estudos Aéreos", later renamed "SATA - Sociedade Açoriana de Transporte Aéreo", SATA Air Açores continues to ensure air transportation between the nine islands of the Azores. Azores Airlines completes the mission of linking the Azores as much as possible to the rest of the word, flying from the Azores to Europe (France, Germany, Spain), North America (Boston, New York, Oakland), Canada (Toronto, Montreal), Portugal Mainland (Porto, Lisbon), Madeira Island, and the African destination of Cape Verde. SATA Group's airlines operate with Bombardier and Airbus fleets. SATA Group's airlines are IATA and ERA members. www.azoresairlines.pt