Empowering travellers to take action on climate change
Bingo Bonanza is offsetting all carbon emissions from travel when they complete a Bingo card
Bingo Bonanza is offsetting 100% of the carbon emissions created by Kiwis when they are exploring New Zealand through themed Bingo Bonanza cards.
We are taking action on climate change by offsetting your share of carbon emissions from your trip and directly supporting accredited environmental projects that protect forests in New Zealand and establish clean, renewable wind energy in India.
Partnering with Australasian carbon offset specialist Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM), Bingo Bonanza is reducing the carbon footprint of travel today and raising awareness of offsetting as a vital part of the travel industry moving forward. The carbon offset projects we support:
FORESTS FOR THE TREES
Forestry | New Zealand
Located across New Zealand, these projects establish and protect forests to capture and store carbon. Protecting forests also reduces erosion, helps to clean waterways, provides sustainable income for local communities and secures precious habitat and food sources for native wildlife. Establishing forests to connect existing areas of vegetation also creates green corridors, allowing animals to move across the landscape.
The projects have introduced a diversified income stream for landholders, enabling their properties to generate income from protecting the carbon stored within the trees, rather than the wood products from logging timber.
WINDS OF CHANGE
Renewable Energy | India
Across India, wind farms introduce clean energy to the grid which would otherwise be generated by a coal-fired power station. Wind power is clean in two ways: it produces no emissions and also avoids the local air pollutants associated with fossil fuels. The landowners who have sold portions of their land for the turbines to be built now have access to wind-powered electricity which in a small way is improving the families’ standard of living.
In constructing the turbines, new roads were built, improving accessibility for locals. The boost in local employment by people engaged as engineers, maintenance technicians, 24-hour on-site operators and security guards also boosted local economies and village services. Importantly, the project developers donate 5% of carbon offset revenue to the community’s temples, schools and health services, delivering immunisation programs for children and constructing water wells on landholders properties, providing access to clean water for drinking, washing clothes and irrigating their crops. In an area that hasn’t seen rain in a year, this boost to crop yield is a breath of fresh air.
How does flying affect the environment?
As planes fly, they burn fuel which releases greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases block heat from escaping Earth’s atmosphere which leads to increased temperatures and changes in climate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that aviation contributes around 3% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.
What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsetting allows individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact. By purchasing carbon offsets, travellers support environmental projects that remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere (such as planting forests), or prevent future emissions from occurring (such as replacing a coal-fired power station with a wind farm).
One carbon offset represents one metric tonne of greenhouse gas emissions reduced or removed from the atmosphere.
How does carbon offsetting work for flights?
We have calculated the emissions for each flight available within New Zealand, and offset these emissions. The emissions for each flight are calculated on a per-seat basis. Once you register, we purchase the equivalent number of carbon offsets in order to equalise your emissions.
We also recognise that different seat classes have a bigger impact, and have factored this into our calculations in accordance with international standards (e.g. a business class seat will have a larger emissions profile because of factors including the larger and heavier seat).
How are my flight emissions calculated?
Bingo Bonanza calculates flight emissions using TEM’s BlueHaloTM technology. The BlueHaloTM software uses international standards to convert greenhouse gas emissions associated with your trip such as aircraft / vehicle type, distance travelled and litres of fuel used, to tonnes of CO2e. The BlueHaloTM calculations are continually updated as best practice international standards for greenhouse gas calculations evolve.
Why do we only refer to carbon?
There are seven main greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbon, hydrofluorocarbon, sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride.
Each greenhouse gas has a different impact on climate, called the global-warming potential (GWP). For instance, methane’s GWP is 25 while for nitrous oxide it’s 298. We convert the amount of each greenhouse gas into the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide with the same GWP. This is called the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and makes it possible to measure the greenhouse gases and determine their individual and combined contributions to global warming. This is why carbon offsetting is typically transacted in ‘carbon’ or CO2e.
Who is TEM?
TEM is Australasia’s largest carbon offset provider dedicated to connecting businesses and consumers with climate. TEM provides Bingo Bonanza with its BlueHaloTM digital platform which allows instant calculation of customers’ trip emissions and the offset of those emissions.
How do you know the offset is really happening?
Bingo Bonanza only purchases carbon offsets from projects that are verified at the highest international standards.
Projects are verified by an independent third-party like the VCS Program and the Gold Standard who ensure each project meets strict criteria to deliver measurable and permanent emissions reductions additional to a business-as-usual scenario. Following compliance with the relevant third-party, the project is then issued with carbon offsets, each with a unique serial number. If the project demonstrated a reduction in emissions of 1000 tonnes, they would be issued with 1000 carbon offsets.
Once Bingo Bonanza purchases carbon offsets from a project, they are then retired, ensuring the offset cannot be traded again, and completing the carbon offset cycle for the traveller. Helping you, help us combat climate change.
Which offset projects does my contribution support?
Bingo Bonanza purchases carbon offsets from a carefully selected portfolio of projects that remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, or prevent future emissions from occurring.
Our portfolio includes:
Wind farm projects in India that are generating clean electricity, creating jobs, funding water wells and delivering immunisation programs.
The protection and establishment of forest projects in New Zealand which secure the carbon stored in the trees, provide an alternative income for landholders and secure vital habitat for endangered native wildlife