NCAA initiates Fly-2-Green programme to reduce carbon emission

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In view of the threat posed by climate change, the director general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu has pushed for  the Fly-2-Green Nigeria programme to reduce carbon emission in the country.

Nuhu disclosed this while delivering a paper on ‘Green flight to eco-system conservation in Nigeria: Mobilising market-based measures for sustainable aviation in Nigeria’ at the Africa-Indian Ocean (AFI) Aviation Week held in Abuja recently.

He said the initiative was particularly informed by the fact that Nigeria is a high risk country with the highest deforestation rate.

The director general explained that the programme “is engineered to launch the first green aviation marketplace programme in Africa and promotes progressive possibilities that profit the people and the planet through climate smart ESG efficient programmes that guarantee Green and Blue Economic Growth for the United Nations Global Green Goals Agenda.”

Nuhu said research indicates that the African continent which is responsible for less than 3 per cent of global emissions will bear the brunt of over 60 per cent of global green-house emissions effects.

He said the initiative will leave the continent exposed to myriad of socio-economic, environmental, security and humanitarian challenges from desertification, the drying up of Lake Chad and blue bio-diversity losses within Pan-African wetlands and ocean shorelines stressing that it was time for Africa to put a “Green Foot forward”

“Nigeria is home to a host of climate change challenges, most of all bio-diversity degradation and pollution. Nigeria holds the record for the African country with the highest deforestation rate hence, the urgency to mobilize a common but differentiated Sustainable Aviation Solution for Nigeria that is designed specifically to ensure bio-diversity conservation and restoration across our communities.

“Green-Sky-Green is the first Eco-Citizen Flyer Miles program that deploys incentive-based voluntary Eco Label tokens to mitigate Aviation Industry Carbon Emission Footprint beyond the ICAO’s CORSIA scheme in Nigeria through Forest Impact programs that guarantee Bio-Diversity and Eco-System conservation to combat desertification and protect wetlands for SDG Goals 14 and 15.

“The Green-Sky-Green programme is a voluntary carbon emission reduction program that empowers Eco- Citizen travelers to grow 10 trees for every domestic ticket and 100 trees for every international ticket purchased in Nigeria,” he added.

Nuhu further said the Fly-2-Green Nigeria “is designed as an eco-citizen stimulus program that goes beyond open lifestyle incentives to create shared values, shared visions and shared possibilities that rally eco consumer driven sustainable aviation value chain marketplace to drive net zero emissions footprint for the aviation industry.”

Besides, he said the programme “promotes progressive partnerships and possibilities that profit the people and the planet through a smart eco-citizen flyers empowerment program that drives future forest footprint projects through green sky miles that guarantee 100 million Fly-2-Green Carbon Neutral tickets totaling over 10 billion eco-citizens flyer miles to plant over one billion trees across Nigeria in 10 years in commemoration of the United Nations Decade for Eco-System Restoration in Nigeria.”

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