Saudia, the Kingdom’s national carrier, operated the world’s longest net positive flight on Thursday, the airline said in a statement to the media.
This was made possible by offsetting 346 tonnes of carbon emissions on the Jeddah to Madrid flight lasting five hours 55 minutes, according to the statement.
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Saudia’s contribution to the program will reportedly generate clean wind power for families living in Bhuj in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
The statement said: “With the offset purchased, the wind turbines can be operated for 26 days, generating clean energy for the local population. This Gold Standard project is building wind power in India, displacing an equal amount of carbon-intensive electricity that would otherwise be dependent on dirty fossil fuels such as coal.”
A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was used for the operation of the trip and carried 256 passengers.
The move clearly marks Saudi’s entry into a sustainable flight challenge where competing airlines find sustainable ways to operate a single flight in their existing network.
The depth of adoption of each airline’s sustainability is judged in 14 categories and awarded in June, the report said.
The main goal of this challenge is to help reduce carbon emissions and promote adoption across the industry, the statement said.
“The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 will see 100 million visits to Saudi Arabia by the end of the decade,” Saudi CEO Captain Ibrahim Koshi said in the statement.
“The cornerstone of that vision is for the state to become a leader in sustainable and even regenerative tourism,” he said, calling the term “the beginning of an ambitious sustainability program.”
“Aviation is a difficult area to decarbonize. Newer, more sustainable technologies are emerging, but those advancements can easily be driven forward by industry developments,” said Michel Noordmeer, chief operating officer of CarbonClick, the company which is known for offsetting Work has been awarded.
“Saudia is setting a great example of what can be done now, carbon offsetting, and using quality carbon credits as a powerful way to remove carbon and neutralize the effects of radiative forcing,” he said in the statement. is.”
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