Donations by Ryanair passengers to offset 280,000 tonnes of CO2 have helped in the distribution of thousands of fuel-efficient cook stoves in Uganda.
The ‘Improved Cook stoves Project’ which is funded by Ryanair customers, has created an opportunity to offset the carbon cost of flights by making clients give a voluntary donation to Ryanair’s environmental partners at the end of the booking process.
The airline is working with First Climate, a developer of emissions reduction projects, on the initiative in Uganda where more than 90% (and almost 3 billion people worldwide) cook daily over an open fire or on simple wood/charcoal stoves.
The charcoal/wood that is used releases toxins, smoke and greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane, both of which contribute to climate change.
With 2% of Uganda’s forest cover lost every year, and fuel wood use being the second biggest driver of deforestation after land-clearing, Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs had this to say:
“We are delighted to see more and more customers contributing with voluntary donations through our carbon offset initiative.
“Projects like First Climate’s ‘Improved Cook stoves’ prove that these donations have significant and tangible results on the environment and societies.”
First Climate CEO Jochen Gassner added: “It is only thanks to voluntary commitment such as Ryanair’s and their passengers’ that projects like the Uganda Improved Cook stoves can be implemented.
“This commitment is an important contribution to climate change mitigation and also helps improve the lives of thousands of local families. We are grateful for the support we receive for the project.”
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