Virgin Australia teams with Tasmanian Land Conservancy

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 24, 2014

UntitledVirgin Australia has announced it will expand its carbon offset program by launching a new partnership with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.

Established in 2001, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy is a science–based, not-for-profit environmental organisation which actively manages over 30,000 hectares of land annually for nature conservation, providing a safe haven for a host of rare and threatened species.

From June 24, all Virgin Australia customers will have the option to neutralise the emissions of their flights by directly supporting the reserves and ultimately the future protection of Tasmania’s unique plants and animals.

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“As a proud Australian airline, we are passionate about protecting our unique and diverse environments and we are committed to minimising the impact of our operations on the community,” Virgin Australia Group Executive of People, Culture and Sustainability, Geraldine Chin Moody said in a statement. “We were the first airline in the world to launch a government certified carbon offset program in 2007 and we are very pleased to be expanding it today, offering our customers another simple way to support the environment each time they fly.”

Added Tasmanian Land Conservancy CEO, Jane Hutchinson; “The Tasmanian Land Conservancy is thrilled to be partnering with innovative and leading organisations such as Virgin Australia to conserve Australia’s natural environment. We are also very excited to share with Virgin Australia customers the direct contribution their offsets make to protect Tasmania’s threatened species and ecosystems.”

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