Operator committed to offsetting carbon emissions

Tewaka team members spent a day at the Natabua foreshore in Lautoka where they planted mangroves. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fijian owned tourist transfer operator Tewaka has made a commitment to plant mangroves in a bid to offset their carbon emissions.

The Nadi based company recently spent a day at the Natabua foreshore in Lautoka where sand erosion is an issue.

Tewaka managing director James Sowane said that offsetting the company’s carbon footprint from its fleet emissions was an ongoing and long term commitment under their environmental protection strategy.

“We calculated our carbon-dioxide emission in 2021 to be close to 150,000kg that equates to our offset-requirement to plant over 500 mangrove seedlings,” he said.

He said they were anticipating the company’s carbon dioxide emissions to be more than double to that of 2021 after Fiji’s borders reopened on December 1, 2021.

“We are committed to doing our part for the sustainable preservation of our fragile environment and we aim to plant the required quantity of mangrove seedlings before the end of the year to off-set our carbon footprint.”

He said they were living up to the company’s emblem Tewaka which meant ‘to grow or expand’ by planting mangroves.

“Mangroves are the nursery of marine life, they represent strength and resilience plus they absorb and store carbon long-term making them a critical solution in the fight against climate change.”

Mr Sowane acknowledged the support of Ministry of Forestry permanent secretary Pene Nonu and his team who supported their team during their replanting activities.

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