Air New Zealand not windy when it comes to managing its gas emissions.
State-owned Air New Zealand's CEO, Rob Fyfe, today announced that the carrier will be permitting passengers to purchase carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions during their travel. Fyfe said that for a return trip Auckland, Los Angeles, Auckland, the passenger will emit 2.6 tonnes of CO2 which he/she can offset by handing over an additional US$70.85c. On tonight's TV news the NZ Prime Minister made a statement to the effect that the Air New Zealand initiative will reduce the CO2 emissions by the carrier's aircraft. CEO Fyfe said that the credits have been purchased from a Wind-Farm...most appropriate!
But I am confused, and used to know a little about operating airline aeroplanes. Now let's try and figure this technical matter out. The wind roars across the Tasman Sea and turns the wind generator's big blades. The electricity is pumped into the National Grid. This should save importing some fuel oil. That's good. Air NZ gives some money to the bloke who owns the big fan thingy. So he is happy. Then the passenger gives extra money to CEO Fyfe. So he is very happy as the deal has cost him nothing. Then the passenger gets onboard weighing the same as he did prior to paying over his CO2 offset. The aircraft flies to Los Angeles but, surprise surprise, its fuel burn is exactly the same as it always is. So Prime Minister Helen is perhaps a little off track here. Maybe she was misquoted? But to get to my point at last; I am having some difficulty in believing that it is all quite as "neat' as it sounds.....but then I am one of those Neanderthal aviators from the distant past when almost none of us had "Bachelor of Aviation" degrees. So please shoot me down in a flaming heap somebody.
A somewhat bemused dakota67 handing over.....