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Greenest commercial aircraft in Europe

Silver Flight operates the greenest commercial aircraft in Europe. Thanks to a very low fuel consumption, the Pilatus PC-12 has a CO2 emission rate far lower than any other business aircraft. A Pilatus PC-12 releases 3,2x less CO2 than a Light Jet and 7x less than a Long Range Jet.
Silver Flight does more for the environment and has a CO2 offsetting program. The purpose of the program is to compensate each metric ton of CO2 released in the atmosphere by a concrete action, which captures the equivalent amount of CO2 from the air.

What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsets or carbon credits are financial contributions to projects that help reduce CO2 emissions in various countries and industries, or encourage new sustainable energy projects in an effort to balance out the damage business and human activities have on the planet.

Carbon compensation (or offsetting) is an internationally recognised way to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions. It means compensating for the greenhouse gas emissions of an individual or an organisation (their carbon footprint) by preventing the same amount of emissions from entering the atmosphere elsewhere on Earth. As climate change is a global problem it does not matter where exactly an emission reduction occurs. A carbon credit is a certificate that corresponds to the reduction or avoidance of one ton of CO2 equivalent.

Flying on a Silver Flight PC-12, means zero net CO2 released in the atmosphere.

Each Silver Flight flight will offset the carbon consumption based on their real carbon emissions. Every customer will receive within one week of their flight an exact data sheet with of their flight, based on the actual released CO2 emession, and their own chosen method on carbon offset re-calculation.
At Silver Flight you have your own choise on how to compensate, but all flights will be compensated. Silver Flight flights are 100% Carbon Neutral!

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UN certification of emission reductions

Silver Flight offsets your emissions with Certified Emission Reduction units (CERs), you choose to take climate action through a process which is overseen by the United Nations. You purchase CERs that are issued from trustworthy climate-friendly projects called Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. CDM projects take place in developing countries and contribute to their sustainable development. Each project goes through a strict and thorough vetting process.

The CDM process involves variety of stakeholders such as the project participants who own the projects, host-country national authorities who oversee national implementation, independent auditors know as the Designated Operational Entities, the UNFCCC CDM Executive Board and its secretariat. At a higher level, all CDM work is coordinated and directed by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), the ultimate body responsible for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol where all member states take collective decisions.

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1. Project design

Project participant prepares a project design document, making use of an approved emissions baseline and monitoring methodology.

 

2. National approval

Host-country Designated National Authority for CDM approves the project and its contribution to national sustainable development.

 
3. Validation

Designated Operational Entity, an accredited, third-party auditor, validates the project design.

 
4. Registration

CDM Executive Board assesses the validated project for registration.

 
5. Monitoring

Project participant monitors the actual emissions according to the approved methodology.

 
6. Verification

Designated Operational Entity verifies that emission reductions took place, in the amount claimed, according to the approved monitoring plan.

 
7. CER Issuance

CDM Executive Board assesses the verified achieved emission reductions for issuance of CERs

 
8. Offsetting

Company or individual pays for the cancellation of CERs to compensate for their emissions. The project generates revenue to operate.

The offsets issued from the CDM are recorded and tracked in the Kyoto Protocol's registry system. This is an elaborate electronic network of registry databases that meticulously accounts for each offset. The UN carbon offset platform is fully integrated with the CDM registry which issues all CERs.

Sustainable development co-benefits of the projects

The CDM records information about the non-mitigation benefits of the projects, which are commonly referred to as sustainable development (SD) co-benefits. The projects voluntarily report their co-benefits in three categories: environmental, social and economic.

Environmental co-benefits include:
- Air: Improved air quality
- Land: Improved soil quality or avoided pollution
- Water: Improved water quality or access
- Natural resources: Depletable natural resources protection or enhancement

Social co-benefits include:
- Education: Education, research, awareness raising or distribution of information
- Health and safety: Improved health and safety
- Jobs: Job or income generation
- Welfare: Improved social welfare (community upliftment)

Economic co-benefits include:
- Energy: Improved energy availability or access
- Growth: Support to economic development or stability
- Balance of payments: Improvement of the country's trade balance
- Technology: Technology transfer or diffusion

San Antonio El Sitio Wind Power Project

San Antonio El Sitio Wind Power Project is the first wind project located in the Guatemalan region. This project was executed by a Guatemalan firm, Eólico San Antonio El Sitio, and deploys sixteen 3.45 MW units of wind Turbine Generators for an annual average of 135.655 GWh of green electricity to the regional grid, meeting the demand of over 20,000 homes. The project also includes the construction of a substation and the implementation of a transmission line to inject energy produced into the national grid. The project contributes to an approximate reduction of 81,392 tons of CO2 emissions per year by displacing an equivalent amount of electricity generation at the grid. In absence of this project, the equivalent amount of electricity would have been generated from conventional power plants based on fossil fuels. The project not only increases energy supply in the region reducing electricity costs, but also assists in conservation of resources and local community development. With the implementation of the project, local communities have been benefited with employment, health, education, improved infrastructure and socio-economic development in the area.

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6 MW Solar Power Project by Arhyama Solar Power

The project activity involves the installation of 6 MW solar photovoltaic technology based power plant at Kolanupaka, Telangana. The project will replace anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) estimated to be approximately 9,535 tCO2e per year, thereon it displaces average 9,899 MWh/year amount of electricity from the generation-mix of power plants connected to the southern grid, which is mainly dominated by thermal/fossil fuel based power plant. The project has demonstrated the viability of grid connected solar farms to support improved air quality, alternative sustainable energy futures, energy security, improved local livelihoods and sustainable renewable energy industry development in the southern region of India.

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Clean Cook Stoves in Sub-Saharan Africa by ClimateCare Limited

Cook Clean manufactures efficient cookstoves to displace the resources wasteful and unhealthy traditional stoves which kill 13,400 people and subject 21 million to Household Air Pollution yearly in Ghana. This method of cooking has a devastating effect on Ghanaian forests which have been reduced to 25% of its original size. Furthermore, Cook Clean manufactures sustainable biomass cooking fuels made of agricultural waste and sawdust in its own 2nd production facilities to complement the stove production. Cook Clean has therefore enhanced the transition of cooking on open fire to using efficient cookstoves and also transitioned from the use of environmentally unsustainable firewood to sustainable biomass fuels.

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