Yeti Airlines becomes Nepal’s first carbon neutral airline

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Under UNDP’s facilitation, Yeti Airlines was able to offset its 19,665 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emission in 2018 by procuring carbon credits and adopting fuel-efficient aircraft fleet and operations.


Yeti Airlines has become the first airline in Nepal, and most probably South Asia, to successfully reduce and offset its total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions of 2018, replicating the UN’s ‘Greening the Blue’ approach to climate neutrality.

The airline underwent an independent carbon audit process facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that calculated the airline’s total carbon emission and laid out plans to reduce and offset the same.

The audit revealed that Yeti Airlines produced 19,665 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emission in 2018 from its entire operations, including flights, vehicles and other facilities. This equals the amount of carbon sequestered by approximately 325,165trees growing over 10 years. The emission from its flight operations accounts for over 99.9% of its total GHG emissions.

As part of the emission reduction plan, between 2017 and 2018, the airline was able to reduce the CO2 equivalent emissions per flight km by 20% and per passenger by 12% after adopting a more fuel-efficient aircraft fleet. The airline has achieved lower per passenger GHG emissions by expanding its fleet of fuel-efficient aircraft, i.e. ATR72-500 while gradually phasing out its Jetstream 41 operations. In addition, implementing more efficient flight operations, streamlining ground procedures, improving airport infrastructures, creating public awareness and staff training are the other vital GHG reduction strategies being enacted by the company.

Yeti Airlines was also able to offset its GHG emissions by procuring carbon credits, i.e. Certified Emission Reductions, certified under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through ‘Climate Neutral Now’ platform. In the past, Yeti Airlines undertook various environmental and social projects such as the Yeti Green Re-forestation Project, Green Far West Project and the Everest Clean Up campaign.

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