Looking beyond corporate social responsibility, Air Mauritius’s commitment to sustainable development aims at creating Shared Value for the community as it furthers its business objectives. Since inception, the development of the airline has been based on its core values and commitment to the role it believes it should play as a national airline. It has therefore strived to balance its economic activities with the social and environmental upliftment of the community in which it operates.
One of the pillars of Air Mauritius community involvement is its commitment to the environment.
Reducing Carbon Emission
Carbon emission is an unavoidable by-product of modern industrial and economic activities. Due to fuel burn during aircraft operations the global airline industry is responsible for 2% of total carbon emission. Airlines around the world have reacted collectively and committed to a program initiated by the ICAO and IATA to control carbon emission that led to ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) programme.
New Fuel-Efficient Aircraft
The fleet modernization program started in 2017 with the delivery of the first two Airbus A350-900 and subsequently followed by another two Airbus A350-900 and two Airbus A330-900neo in 2019. These new generation aircraft being up to 25% more fuel efficient than previous generation aircraft, contribute significantly to the reduction of the airline’s carbon footprint.
Weight Reduction Onboard
Initiatives have been implemented to reduce the aircraft payload. These measures include lighter equipment, elimination of non-essential uplifts and a paperless environment among others. They contribute to a weight reduction of more than 2200 tons in a typical year representing more than 500 tons less fuel burnt.
Introduction of Electric Tractors
Air Mauritius started the renewal of its fleet of tractors for Ground Operations at SSR International Airport. 14 electric tractors have been introduced as at date.
Air Mauritius Environmental Initiatives Campaign On Social Media
The airline industry generates 2% of global carbon emission and an average of 5.5 million tons of waste annually. Air Mauritius is committed to CORSIA (Carbon offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation), and is constantly looking for new ways to improve its sustainability efforts and the aim of Air Mauritius is to fly greener with the introduction of environment friendly initiatives.
Air Mauritius Environment-Friendly Initiatives
- The plantation of Mangroves at Ramsar Site in Pointe d’Esny in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.
- Air Mauritius in collaboration with the Ministry of Agro-industry, National Parks Conservation Services and Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, repatriated 3 male Pink Pigeons Nesoenas Mayeri from New Jersey to Mauritius after 40 years.
- One Airbus A350-900 has been named ‘Mauritius Kestrel’. The Mauritius Kestrel, (Falco punctatus), is a vulnerable endemic species. It was proclaimed the national bird of Mauritius in March 2022 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Republic of Mauritius.
- Air Mauritius participated in the repatriation after 40 years of (Cylindrocline Lorencei )and (Pilea SPP) endemic plants to Mauritius and Rodrigues respectively.
One Take-off, One Tree
Air Mauritius in collaboration with Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has launched the “One Take-off, One Tree” reforestation program since 2007. This joint initiative has contributed to an endemic reforestation as only less than 2% of endemic forest exist in Mauritius.
Up to now, more than 75000 endemic trees have been planted across Mauritius and Rodrigues with the “One Take-off, One Tree” program.
In-flight Digital Publications
Air Mauritius passengers are offered their reading material in digital formats through the Pressreader app, which is accessible on their mobile devices.
With this initiative, 53 tons of magazines and newspapers have been removed on flights, leading to a reduction of fuel burnt of 15 tons for a typical year.