In addition to reducing the number of times we fly every year, Ed and I also like the option of being able to reduce our footprint by purchasing and/or redeeming Aeroplan rewards points for carbon offsets.
Partnering with ZeroFootprint, Air Canada launched its carbon offset program in May 2007.
Since then, Air Canada reports their customers have “made a meaningful contribution to the fight against climate change by contributing thousands of dollars to a forest restoration project in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.”
Furthemore, they report that as of April 14th, 2008, the $126,425.00 contributed to their program has resulted in an offset of 7901 tonnes of CO2 and 1580 trees planted, which is equivalent to taking 2582 cars off the road for a year.
We think it’s a worthwhile program and hope more Air Canada customers will participate by redeeming their airline rewards points for carbon offsets.
So… would you redeem your points to buy carbon offsets when you travel?