Towards more climate neutral aviation with CHOOOSE and Norwegian
At Norwegian, we continuously work to reduce our environmental impact. As a part of our sustainability program, we have partnered with the Norwegian climate company CHOOOSE to make it easy for our passengers to offset their personal carbon footprint when flying with us.
By opting in during the check-out process, passengers can voluntarily support CO2-reducing projects certified by the United Nations, Verra and the Gold Standard. Your contribution is funding projects that reduce carbon emissions in a verified way.
In collaboration with CHOOOSE, we have identified projects focusing on clean energy with measurable, long-term impact. Norwegian will continue to expand the projects we make available to our customers as this program grows. Below you can read more about the projects we are currently supporting:
Forest management project in Peru
Wind Power Project in Thailand
Located in the Thepharak District in Thailand, this wind farm delivers clean wind electricity to the national power grid.
By supplying around 230,000 MWh of renewable wind energy per year via 30 wind turbines, this project mitigates carbon emissions through replacing fossil-fuel based energy. It also created new jobs for the local community and it actively supports local development through investment in community activities.
The measurable greenhouse gas impact of this project is certified to the VCS by Verra.
Peatland project in Indonesia
This project will restore more than 22,922 hectares of peatland rainforest in the Merang biodiversity zone in Indonesia, one of the largest and deepest peat swamp areas in South Sumatra.
Funds are used to rehabilitate and protect this critical ecosystem, preventing the release of significant volumes of emissions, in addition to creating a conservation area for hundreds of unique and endangered species such as the Sumatran Tiger. This project focuses on working with surrounding villages through a community development fund, which supports community-selected projects in addition to new livelihood opportunities that help reduce the drivers of deforestation and wildlife poaching.
The measurable greenhouse gas impact of this project is certified to the VCS and CCB by Verra.
Clean Cooking Solutions in Nepal
Nearly 75% of households in Nepal still use solid biomass like fuel wood and animal dung for cooking and heating homes. Most of them do not use clean cookstoves, which leads to household air pollution. A lack of affordable energy sources has contributed towards unsustainable fuel wood removal, which has been identified as a key driver of forest degradation in Nepal.
This project is part of the Nepalese Government’s Clean Cooking Solution to All Initiative. The project started on 1st November 2016 and by the time the first consultation meeting with local communities was organized, there were already 25,000 stoves installed by the project.
The project leads to climate change mitigation by reducing firewood consumption and thus emission of greenhouse gasses significantly, as well as the protection and enhancement of biodiversity, and safeguarding of watersheds and forests.
The measurable greenhouse gas impact of this project is certified by the Gold Standard.
Who is CHOOOSE?
CHOOOSE™ is a climate technology company based in Oslo, Norway. CHOOOSE builds digital tools so everyone, anywhere, can easily integrate climate action into everyday life and business. Together with its ecosystem of industry partners and individual supporters, the CHOOOSE platform is accelerating access and adoption of climate solutions across a range of key technologies – from nature-based solutions and renewable energy to carbon removal and Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Learn more at https://chooose.today/
Carbon offsetting is a climate action that enables you to address the CO2 emissions you cannot avoid by supporting projects that reduce and avoid CO2 elsewhere. When you choose to offset your flight during the check-out process, the funds are directly applied to sponsor a CO2 offset in an amount equal to or greater than your calculated carbon footprint. Said another way, carbon offsetting enables you to balance the carbon emissions released from your flight.
When you offset the carbon footprint from a flight, funds are applied to help support projects that reduce or capture carbon emissions in an amount equivalent to that of their calculated carbon footprint. A small portion of funds are used to support administrative costs required for delivering this program.
Carbon offsetting is performed by purchasing and retiring third-party verified carbon credits, which are units of emission reduction used in voluntary offsetting programs. Each carbon credit corresponds to 1,000 kg of CO2.
The carbon credits are certified by minimum one of the three primary, international carbon standards; Verified Carbon Units (VCU), certified by Verra; Verified Emission Reduction (VER) units, certified by the Gold Standard, and Certified Emissions Reduction (CER) units, certified by the Gold Standard and United Nations Clean Development Mechanism. Additionally, every project has undergone CHOOOSE's Carbon Project Due Diligence Process, with a focus on controlling for risk and assessing on-the-ground project stakeholders and community impacts.
For projects certified by the United Nations, Verra, and the Gold Standard, carbon offset pricing is determined by various criteria at the project level, such as project location, scale, technologies involved, social and environmental impacts enabled, financing conditions, as well as offer and demand on the global carbon markets. The Norwegian offsetting program delivers a single rate across all active projects in our portfolio.