SAA environmental statement
We can’t ignore our contribution to the greenhouse effect, or rewind the clock. The direct environmental impact of our activities comes from the CO2 emissions and noise generated by our aircrafts.
It is our corporate responsibility to focus on what we can do to minimise our carbon footprint.
- 80% compliance for greener operations as stipulated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
- Ongoing discussions with the Operations Committee and aviation partner, Air Transport Navigational Services, on how to ensure fuel and carbon efficiency.
Building a green future
Carbon Offset Project
We’re working with both the Centre for Entrepreneurship in International Health and Development (CEIHD) and Uganda Stoves Manufactures Ltd to run this project.
This project involves the dissemination of efficient wood cook stoves to institutions and families in and around Kampala, Uganda.
Setting the Scene
More than 95% of Ugandans rely on fuel wood for cooking, typically charcoal or wood for urban dwellers and wood for rural households.
The current stoves used for cooking have low efficiencies, increasing the amount of fuel wood needed to prepare a meal.
Greenhouse gas emissions are released into the atmosphere during fuel wood burning, as well as the release of particulates during cooking leading to indoor air pollution. UN studies show that worldwide indoor air pollution from cooking stoves causes around 1.5 millions premature deaths each year and also debilitating illness for tens of millions more.
The Uganda Stoves Project supplies efficient wood burning stoves to families and institutions in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and subsequently throughout the country.
The stoves use the well-proven rocket technology, which consists of an insulated elbow-jointed combustion chamber that increases combustion efficiency and retains heat while raising the cooking pot to the hottest point above the flame. The rocket stove further increases heat transfer by having the cooking pot rest within a skirt.
Non renewable biomass – i.e. wood that is being cut down faster than it is being re-grown.
Without the carbon funds, the new stove is too expensive for most families and institutions. The traditional and cheaper stoves found within the market have much lower efficiencies.
The aim of the project is to reduce the stove price to an affordable level, to promote it for widespread dissemination and to improve the technology through continuous research and development.
Field tests in 2006 showed that fuel-saving wood rocket stoves reduce consumption by more than 50% of the fuel previously used.
Voluntary Gold Standard
Social, Economic and Environmental benefits
Social: Reduced expenditure on fuels is a significant benefit to low-income families and schools, as is reduction in indoor air pollution.
Economic: Builds business and technological capacity in the country
Environmental: reduction of deforestation and green house gas emissions