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Qatar Airways Teams Up With IATA For Global Initiative Carbon Offset Trading Scheme

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The FINANCIAL — Qatar Airways has signed a ground-breaking agreement with aviation industry body IATA to spearhead a truly global carbon offset trading scheme designed to help fund global environmental projects.

Under the revolutionary programme, when passengers book their tickets, they can choose to pay a little extra to offset the carbon footprint for the particular flight being taken, with proceeds going towards international programmes recognised by non-government organisations.

“The IATA system calculates the carbon footprint for different flight sectors and passengers are able to select which of the many programmes to support with the extra they contribute,” Qatar Airways reported.

A number of international community projects in developing nations will benefit from the programme, which is yet another committed move by Qatar Airways as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the carbon offset trading scheme was a further step by the airline to forge ahead with an environmentally-friendly programme.

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