After Prince William’s visit, Abu Dhabi’s mangroves received a boost with the launch of the Etihad Mangrove Forest.
In partnership with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, the mangrove forest has been established on the island of Jubail in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Following the launch of the Abu Dhabi Mangrove Initiative, a program that aims to conserve trees to tackle the climate crisis and safeguard precious biodiversity, the Etihad Airways project will help remove carbon from the atmosphere.
Adopt a mangrove in Abu Dhabi
Travelers, businesses and individuals can adopt a mangrove from the Etihad Mangrove Forest to reduce their carbon footprint.
It costs Dh18.50 ($5) per tree, and people can track it online or using the dedicated app.
Adopters will receive a unique code that identifies their particular shrub as well as its geolocation within the only evergreen forest in the United Arab Emirates.
Adoption fees for each tree will be pooled into a common fund that will be used to plant new trees, collect seeds, operate a mangrove nursery and care for existing shrubs at the Jubail Island site.
At the moment, access to the Etihad Mangrove Forest is virtual only, but the airline plans to expand the program to allow adopters to visit the site and possibly plant their own mangrove seedlings.
Until then, travelers who purchase an adoption package will have to settle for virtual access, which will be granted to them for a period of 10 years. Those who adopt the trees will also be able to name them.
Over their decade of ownership, people can virtually travel to the forest from anywhere in the world to see how their adopted avicennas are doing, as well as to keep tabs on how much carbon dioxide their plant is getting. absorbed.
That being said, the absorption process is not an overnight fix. Etihad claims that a mangrove tree will remove the same amount of CO2 over its lifetime as created in a seven-hour flight.
And even if it’s four times more than other rainforests, it will still take a lot of mangroves to clean up the world.
“We really need to remove carbon from the atmosphere”
That’s why the airline doesn’t rely on its mangrove program when it comes to reducing its carbon output.
Over the past two years, the airline has worked to combat the decarbonization of aviation using its Greenliner program and focusing on technology and innovation for carbon reduction processes.
“We know that offsetting unavoidable emissions alone will not solve the climate crisis,” said Tony Douglas, chief executive of Etihad Aviation Group. “We really need to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Even with the best-case scenario of global decarbonization, we will still need to remove 6-10 GT of CO2 per year by 2050 to stay below 1.5°C of global warming. The Etihad Mangrove Forest will help with this task.
The airline also plans to create forests around the world, with one on every continent, and eventually in nearly every country it flies to.
Etihad has already adopted mangroves for seats sold on its sustainable flights.
Operated under the Etihad Greenliner program, these flights use optimized routes, avoid contrails, run on more efficient engines, use noise reduction technology and use sustainable aviation fuels in an effort to help propel the decarbonization of aviation.
Travelers traveling on these eco-friendly flights receive a mangrove at Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Mangrove Park, purchased for them by Etihad in an effort to ensure Greenliner flights remain carbon neutral.
Updated: February 25, 2022, 2:37 p.m.