Community contribution
CHF 195 k
Planted trees
Long-term CO2 savings
8,612.14 t

Why planting trees is good in the long run

Reforestation is one of the most effective methods to fight climate change according to recent studies.

With the help of our partner myclimate and local communities, we plant trees in Nicaragua.

What is the project about?

The reforestation initiative is located near a critical watershed that feeds into Nicaragua’s most important estuary, the Estero Real. The local community will reforest the region, which will not only store CO2, but also help conserve the wetlands that host unparalleled biodiversity.

The project area covers 86 square kilometers and empowers rural communities to take control of their resources.

On what basis are the carbon emissions calculated?

“What amount of CO2 emissions does a single air traveller cause?” This was the question that Lufthansa’s environmental specialists set out to answer, together with their SWISS and myclimate colleagues. To do so, they analyzed data from over 43,000 flights. From small regional jets to large long-haul transports, the entire aircraft fleet was carefully studied to determine just how much kerosene a flight will consume, from gate to gate and with due and full regard to differing meteorological conditions (especially winds), taxiing procedures on the ground and diversions and holding patterns in the air. On the basis of all these studies, myclimate then developed an algorithm that can calculate the CO2 emissions generated by any air connection. The per-traveller calculations here even take into account the passenger’s class of travel. This algorithm is also regularly updated with the latest flight data available, most recently in September 2018. In addition to CO2, air transport also produces further emissions (especially nitrogen oxides and water vapour) that are believed to contribute to climate change. Science has not yet, however, been able to determine the precise extent of their contribution here. In view of this, the emissions calculator that myclimate provides for SWISS and Lufthansa does not consider any other types of emission apart from carbon dioxide.

How does this work exactly?

We will transfer the contribution of your money less administrative and transactional costs to our partner myclimate, so the community in Nicaragua gets the most out of your contribution.

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