#IFLYGREENEST means that you fly greenly when you fly on these domestic routes in Denmark, and the routes over the north sea. DAT, as one of the first airlines, choose to focus on full co2 neutrality for our route flights.
DAT has a collaboration with Thor Heyerdahl Climate Parks and Bio8 AS. The park covers an area of 2,146 hectares of newly planted mangrove forest in Myanmar and our share of this project means that the CO2 emissions from our domestic flights, as well as our two routes across the North Sea to Aberdeen and Stavanger are neutralized by 110%. With over 450,000 travelers on our routes, that means a lot to the CO2 accounts, but how is that possible when aviation is generally considered less climate friendly?
The answer lies with us in the fact that we have invested in mangrove trees being almost able to vacuum CO2. There is no miracle cure yet that can at one stroke make aviation the world’s most sustainable mode of transport, but the mangrove tree helps us along the way. 50% of its biomass is CO2 and it absorbs up to five times as much CO2 as trees in general.
From central jutland to myanmar
Our soil does not care where the CO2 emission takes place and thus also where it is neutralized. Therefore, it makes sense to support the project in Myanmar, even if it is about a trip to Central Jutland or Bornholm. Through the collaboration with Thor Heyerdahl Climate Parks and Bio8 AS, it has been documented that we can neutralize the emissions minimum 1: 1.
It sounds like a sunbeam story and so it is, because the new plantation in Myanmar is also supporting the local people in the area. The mangrove trees not only protect the coastal areas from tsunamis and other extreme weather, but also help to increase fish stocks by up to 50%. This means improved living conditions for the locals.
Eradication of rainforest has drawn many headlines over time, but in fact the mangrove trees have disappeared in even greater haste. Many countries have reached a critical level and it is on this basis that Myanmar, with financial support, has decided to make available a coastal area of 500,000 hectares for a reforestation that will not only help restore nature and villages, but thus also has a capacity to absorb over 500 million tonnes of CO2.