First Carbon Neutral Airline Joins UNEP’s Climate Neutral Network

Cnet 20 November 2008: The first carbon neutral airline,

NatureAir of Costa Rica, has joined the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP)

Climate Neutral Network (CN Net).

NatureAir has improved its fuel efficiency by

seven percent in three years, and offsets its remaining emissions by purchasing

carbon credits from Costa Rica's payment for environmental services scheme.

Costa Rica itself aims to be climate neutral by 2021, when it will celebrate

200 years of independence, and was among the first four countries to join CN

Net. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner highlighted that the airline

industry contributes an “estimated three percent of global greenhouse gas

emissions – nearly as much as the entire African continent.”

He stressed the

importance that “solutions to the climate change challenge come from within the

industry itself.” [Climate

Neutral Network Press Release]