The company, which recently joined the International Air Transportation Association’s (Iata’s) carbon offset programme, said the scheme encouraged customers to voluntarily add an optional flat rate green fee of R6 to their airline bookings, to be donated towards solar water-heating projects.
The fee, which is an offset contribution, will be “calculated at an average of 119g of CO² emissions per traveller per domestic flight and is available online, on the airline’s mobi site and mobile applications”, the company said.
Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout said the programme was as an answer to the company’s dual social and commercial mandate. “Beyond the production of clean energy and consequent carbon offsets, the project also contributes to job creation and skills development in communities and the reduction of energy costs to disadvantaged South Africans,” he said.
Tony Tyler, director-general at Iata, said the carbon footprint of the journey would be neutralised by helping various disadvantaged communities across South Africa to access clean energy sources. Mango passengers would reduce their carbon emissions by investing in a local solar pressure heater project, with a simple online transaction at the time of booking.