Kathmandu : Yeti Airlines, Nepal’s first and only carbon neutral airline, is further enhancing their efforts towards a greener future by testing the use of an electric van in the airport premises. According to a research by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.
Yeti Airlines by adopting the use of an electric van for their services will be creating a major positive environmental impact. If the electric van trial brings a positive response, Yeti Airlines commits to replace all of it’s 20 units of petrol engine vans with these Mahindra e-Supro electric vans. This initiative of Yeti Airlines will further promote Sustainable Development Goal No. 13 ‘Climate Action’. Setting an example to all the airlines in Nepal, Yeti Airlines has been working on this goal for a long time with remarkable results to show for their efforts.
Yeti Airlines was also able to offset it’s GHG emissions by procuring carbon credits, i.e. Certified Emission Reductions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ platform. In the past, Yeti Airlines undertook various environmental and social projects such as the Yeti Green Re-forestation Project, Green Far West Project. It continues to work on the Everest Clean Up campaign.
The inauguration for the trial use of the electric van was held on August 23, 2019. The programme was graced by Yeti Airlines’ Managing Director, Ms. Chanda Sherpa and UNDP Nepal Resident Representative, Ms. Ayshanie Medagangoda Labé.
Yeti Airlines Managing Director Ms. Chanda Sherpa said, ‘Introduction of an electric van is an opportunity to show our commitment to carbon neutrality, which is our honest and realistic approach to environmental conservation. We take pride in being a pioneer to endorse a positive change which I believe will encourage everyone to make a conscious effort to save our earth.’
Congratulating Yeti Airlines on unveiling its first electric car, Resident Representative of UNDP Ayshanie Medagangoda Labé said, ‘We are pleased to see Yeti’s one more step forward in its carbon neutrality journey. We are with you in this journey to advance the sustainable development that I am sure will inspire many others so that our collective efforts will curve pollution and save our planet.’