Helijet offsets emissions
Effective immediately, Helijet passengers flying between Vancouver, Victoria and Richmond will have their flight's greenhouse gas emissions offset, making their trip carbon neutral.
Helijet will set aside approximately $1.37 from each passenger ticket sold, to pay the Pacific Carbon Trust $25 per tonne of CO2e for these offsets. The Pacific Carbon Trust is the Province of British Columbia's Crown corporation set up to deliver BC-based offsets that meet high standards of environmental integrity.
Danny Sitnam, Helijet's President and CEO, says the carrier's passengers are increasingly aware that their trips contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, and many are making travel plans with those emission figures in mind.
"Our passengers have many travel options available to them. While we may be the fastest and most convenient way to fly, we also want Helijet to be among the greenest," said Sitnam. "I believe it demonstrates the commitment of our company and passengers to reduce GHG emissions at every opportunity."
"It's wonderful to see Helijet doing something to become a greener choice for travellers," said Colin Hansen, B.C.'s Minister of Finance. "The government is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2010 and it's encouraging to see a B.C. business making an environmentally responsible choice."
"I congratulate Helijet for taking early action on offsets," said Penner. "By investing in emissions-reduction projects, the Pacific Carbon Trust is helping to move B.C. toward a cleaner environment and a thriving, low-carbon economy - something all British Columbians can be proud of as we welcome the world in 2010."
These offsets will not affect ticket prices, and fares will remain unchanged.
Helijet, which began flying between Victoria and the mainland in 1986, has carried more than 1.9 million passengers in the past 23 years.
Helijet International Inc. is a Canadian-owned company and is North America's largest scheduled helicopter service, as well as a significant provider to British Columbia's air medical services. Helijet, in its 23rd year of service, has received numerous awards for outstanding customer service and safety standards.
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