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Back in May 2017, Air Mauritius, in close collaboration with the Paille-en-Queue Social Club, participated in a full day awareness program on safe environment organised by ION Club (Mauritius). The main issues were: the urgency for recycling of plastic materials, keeping our beaches and lagoons rubbish-free and to foster installation of water dispensers (linked to the public water system) throughout the island and thus cutting down the use of water bottles. This was also an opportunity for the children to get acquainted with the pleasures of aquatic sports.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Company, a mini regatta was organised in Mahebourg. This was, yet, another occasion to demonstrate the Company’s commitment towards the protection of the environment and the importance of social activities involving the community.

Volunteers from Air Mauritius, Preskil Beach Resorts, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), Cie de Beau Vallon Ltée and EcoSud, students from Loreto Convent Bambous Virieux, Loreto Convent Mahebourg, Hamilton College and Emmanuel Anquetil SSS proceeded with the plantation of 500 units propagules at the Ramsar site in Pointe d’Esny. The event was also held in the context of Air Mauritius Climate Action project as part of the UN SDG 13 initiative.

Air Mauritius, through its volunteers group, has, for the second consecutive year, maintained its sustainable action towards helping the needy children cared for by the NGO “Association Elles C’est Nous”. Proper uniforms, shoes and school materials, were graciously offered by Air Mauritius employees and the NGO Association Airline Ambassadors. The event has as background the alignment of Air Mauritius with its Quality Education project as part of the UN SDG 4 initiative.

Protection of the environment

Air Mauritius, through its partnership with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, and having as key element of this agreement the ‘One Take-off, One Tree’ Initiative, where MWF plants one native or endemic plant for each take-off of an Air Mauritius aircraft. Under this programme, MWF has produced and planted 6,000 native and endemic plants per year since 2008, which helps to reduce carbon emissions through habitat restoration. In 2017, 4,959 plants were planted in Anse Quitor Nature Reserve, 8,382 in the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve (Rodrigues) and 1,731 plants were donated (1600 to Rodriguan schools, 86 to Clubs and 45 to village communities). Therefore, over 15,000 plants have been planted in Rodrigues and given through donations.

Preparation of Land

In 2017, MWF Rodrigues continued to weed invasive alien species from plots selected for the ‘Air Mauritius Project’ planting. MWF Rodrigues continued in its new planting site for the Air Mauritius ‘One Take-off – One Tree’ planting in Rodrigues, notably the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve. Another 3 hectares plot was opened up on the eastern sector of the Nature Reserve to accommodate for additional seedlings.

Signing of the Buckingham Palace Declaration for the fight against the traffickers of endangered animals

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 72nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously endorsed a resolution denouncing the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products and pledging to partner with government authorities and conservation organizations in the fight against the traffickers of endangered animals.

Propagation of Endemic Seedlings

Native and endemic seedlings were propagated in the MWF Nursery at Solitude throughout 2017. In order to propagate these plants, propagation material consisting of seeds, seedlings, cuttings are collected from the wild throughout Rodrigues and brought to the nursery.

During the year 2017, 13,341 seedlings of 37 endemic and native species were cared for in the MWF nursery and subsequently planted in the Anse Quitor and Grande Montagne Nature Reserves, of which 7,000 were under the Air Mauritius ‘One Take-off – One Tree’ planting programme.

Planting in the Anse Quitor and Grande Montagne Nature Reserves

The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation team planted in the Air Mauritius plot and other restoration plots in the Anse Quitor and the Grande Montagne Nature Reserves. Between 2008 and 2017, a total of 88,369 native seedlings have been planted in the Anse Quitor Nature Reserve, of which 26,995 native seedlings were planted within the Air Mauritius Plot. In 2016, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation team extended the Air Mauritius ‘One Take-off – One Tree’ programme, to include the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve, where 1,500 plants were planted in the Air Mauritius Plot there.

Plant Monitoring

Following the planting of endemic seedlings in the Anse Quitor Nature Reserve and the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve, these seedlings are monitored for 3 years to assess survival and therefore improve planting techniques by planting species better adapted to the site conditions. Dead seedlings are also replaced.

Donation of Plants in Rodrigues

In 2017, MWF Rodrigues donated 1,731 native seedlings to 22 primary schools and various other local institutions, as part of its awareness-raising programme on the terrestrial biodiversity. This includes plants donated in the context of the World Biodiversity Day, when the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation gives one native or endemic plant to each Standard VI child throughout Rodrigues, These plants have been produced under the ‘One take-off, One tree’ campaign in Rodrigues.

Health Screening Campaign

In July 2017, Air Mauritius, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, conducted a Non- Communicable Disease and Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening programme, for all its employees based in Mauritius.

Blood Donation Campaign

In May 2017, Air Mauritius conducted its annual blood donation campaign. Air Mauritius employees, as responsible corporate citizens, contributed more than 180 pints of blood to the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life to maintain the stock of blood bank.

Health and Safety Status

The financial year 2017/18 has been a busy year for the Company with the accomplishment of several health and safety initiatives aiming at ensuring continual Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) improvement, promoting a supportive OSH culture. The Company has achieved the following Safety, Health and Environment performance for the year 2017/18:

a) Reportable Incidents
Air Mauritius as an employer has had no reportable and notifiable accident, dangerous occurrences and fatal accident among its employees. Furthermore, there was no reportable and notifiable dangerous occurrence on the worksites despite numerous infrastructural projects were going on.

However, the Company had registered one employee who had sustained severe multiple injuries following a road accident while one employee of Airmate working in the Company’s premises sustained an injury which classified as reportable and notifiable to the Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate.

b) Emergency Preparedness Plan
The Company had assessed its emergency preparedness to deal with situations of fire outbreaks within its premises. Unannounced fire drills had been conducted at Head Office and for all Air Mauritius Ltd buildings at the airport in compliance with provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health act of 2005 and also to ensure the validity of the fire certificates issued by the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Services. These fire simulation exercises had been instrumental to changes brought to the fire evacuation procedures as well as the need for review of the fire protection system in critical buildings.

A plague management plan was established to counteract any possible risk of encountering passengers with plague travelling in Air Mauritius aircraft to Antananarivo. Several initiatives were launched namely the release of Plague Disease Fact Sheet, uploading of insect repellent, continuous monitoring and feedback from Antananarivo Station Manager and unflinching follow up by OSH Team and support of Senior Management Leadership team.

c) Health and Safety Communication
OSH communication and consultation have been the mandate for seeking active participation and involvement of the key partners through the following forums:
OSH team has participated actively in the Aerodrome Safety Committee which falls under the aegis of Airports of Mauritius and comprises of all airport stakeholders with the mission to ensure safe operations on the airside.
Statutory consultative meetings between management and employees on OSH matters had been held every two months during the financial year 2017/18. On the other hand, meetings of the Departmental Safety and Health Committees had also been convened on regular basis with all departments.
There had been frequent OSH Leadership meetings between OSH team members and top management for review of OSH status in their respective clusters.

Health and Safety Training

The following OSH training had been carried out during the year 2017/18:
OSH induction for Ground Operations Staff,
Fire Fighting Techniques and Familiarisation with Fire Evacuation Procedures,
Working Safely in Aircraft Fuel Tank,
Noise at Work,
Sensitisation on Plague Diseases,
Manual Handling,
First Aid at Work,
OSH Induction for Cabin Crew, Technical Services and Contractors,
Familiarisation with Defensive Driving and Changes in Road Traffic Act for Drivers,
Ramp Safety,
Human Factors,
Safety Management System
Training in Emergency Procedures.

Health Surveillance and Promotion at Work

In compliance with statutory obligations, Cabin Crew as well as Pilots have undergone their medical assessment to be certified as being fit to fly while vaccination exercise had been on-going for cleaning staff.

The following well-being programmes were organised:
a) The implementation of a dedicated process to identify, assess, treat and monitor risks through appropriate risk reduction techniques (Prevention, Mitigation, Transfer).
b) Involvement of Internal teams and line management to build up and update on a regular basis the risk portfolio.
c) Regular reporting to RMSC for the review of major risks together with treatment measures in place.
d) Stress Management at the Workplace

Management of Hazardous Wastes

Yard upkeep was a priority activity to respond to the commitment to provide clean and environmentally safe working areas to employees. The following environmental interventions were taken:

a) Assessment of air emissions of the incinerator at Qantas Building by the Ministry of Environment,
b) Disposal of all solid wastes stacked outside the Company’s buildings,
(c) Establishment of a robust Pest Control System,
(d) Safe storage, disposal and recycling of hazardous wastes.

OSH, Fire and Environmental Routine Inspections

During the year 2017/18, Air Mauritius had visits of officers from enforcing agencies namely the Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate, the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service, Public Health Officers and the Department of Environment for routine inspections to check compliance issues. All improvements notices had been attended.

OSH Improvements

The following OSH training had been carried out during the year 2017/18:

a) The following OSH improvements have been completed:
Upgrading of welfare facilities at Hangars,
Installation, testing, commissioning and operation of an Electric Fire Pump at Hangars A340 and ATR 72 for Aircraft Fire Fighting,
Improvements of automatic Fire Fighting at Inflight Services warehouse,
Continuous housekeeping around the buildings at the airport,
Grant of new fire certificate for Qantas Building

b) The following OSH improvements are on-going:
Installation of an Intelligent and Addressable Fire Detection and Alarm System at Technical Services and Inflight Services Departments,
Upgrading of the Electrical Installation System at Hangar A340 and ATR 72,
Construction of new office and welfare facilities for Ground Operations, drafting and reviewing of OSH policies.

Carbon Emission

In the first instance, Air Mauritius revisited the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) which sets a cap on how much CO2 heavy industry, including aviation, and power stations can emit. The total volume of allowed emissions is distributed to companies as permits which can be traded. ETS is a pivotal part of the EU’s policy to combat climate change and is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. Set up in 2005, it is the world’s first major carbon market and remains the biggest one.

It operates in all 28 EU countries in addition to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. ETS limits emissions from more than 11,000 heavy energy-using installations (power stations and industrial plants) and airlines operating flights between these EU air space. Putting a price on carbon and trading it delivers concrete results for the environment: In 2020, emissions from sectors covered by the system will be 21% lower than in 2005.

More relevant to the aviation sector and therefore Air Mauritius, the European Union has indicated its general acceptance of the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The Package contains the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) technical rules for the international aviation carbon offsetting scheme that will apply to States and aeroplane operators from 2019.

The rules are not without controversies. Airlines are striving to make planes more fuel and carbon efficient particularly in the light of rising fuel prices. Irrespective, Air Mauritius already has the One Take-off One Tree program contributing to more endemic trees on the island, as the program name suggests.

Air Mauritius has voluntarily complied with the EU ETS since 2012 and continues to do so. Air Mauritius takes its social and environmental responsibilities seriously and intends to continue to improve its environmental efficiency and to minimise emissions.