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Did you know, at easyJet we offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used on all our flights?

Here is a closer look into some of the projects we invest in help to make that possible, as well as other initiatives that we are undertaking to help reduce our wider environmental impact.

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The Bale Mountains project

 

Set in Ethiopia's largest alpine forest, the Bale Mountains are a thriving habitat that play a vital role in our ecosystem. Supporting this project helps empower its local communities, and provides sustainable benefits that help protect their forests.

 

 

 


How does it work?

 

Raw honey, coffee beans and a variety of berries are only some of the rich natural products that the Bale Mountains forest produces. This project helps these communities manage and farm these products in a sustainable way. It does this through community-based organisations that lay foundations to empower the local communities and improve the sustainable management of the forest’s resources.

 


What are the benefits from this project so far?

 

Care for the forest has resulted in numerous benefits to the people and animals who call it home. From the increase in biodiversity, to local streams that were only seasonal now returning to flow year-round, the local communities have remarked that, as the forest is being treated with more care, it has increased their overall quality of life.

This project also involves training local forest dwellers on fuel-efficient stove production. 26,000 fuel efficient stoves were produced across the first two phases alone, which were then distributed to households in need. As they burn more efficiently and mean less indoor smoke is produced, the cook stoves have a very significant, positive impact on improving health and reducing deforestation.


Quick facts

The project covers 333,924 hectares of forest and aims to reduce deforestation by 50% in the first 5 years, and by 70% overall at the end of the project period in 2031. This is in comparison to a scenario where no project was to intervene.

When looking at the level of deforestation that was predicted vs what actually took place, 20,677 hectares of forest have been saved since the project started in 2012. That’s equivalent to 9.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

The project also assists locals to improve farming methods, as they are trained in skills such as beekeeping, ecotourism, vegetable & fruit production, and livestock productivity.

Take a look at some of the other projects in the Travel Better series; such as our new Recycled Crew & Pilot Uniforms, or how we are helping pave the way towards operating Zero Emission flights. Also, find out more about how we're leading the industry on sustainable travel.