Since 2020, Ryanair has partnered with Shell in both Malawi and Turkey to support the Gold Standard’s offsetting initiatives, further developed by CO2 Balance and Enerjisa Enerji.

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What they do

This Gold Standard project, Improved Kitchen Regimes, is located in the Dowa and Kasungu Districts of Malawi where there is limited access to clean water.

To disinfect the water here, it must first be boiled, requiring timber as a source of fuel. Providing clean water directly through rehabilitated boreholes stops the need to boil water, saving firewood and preventing the release of carbon emissions. Carbon funds provide money for the long-term maintenance of the boreholes. The project is recognised as a commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our Partnership

Ryanair engaged in this environmental partnership in 2020 and to date, our involvement in the project has helped save 245,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from going into the atmosphere. Ryanair’s Carbon Offset Scheme continues to provide funds to support the long-term maintenance of these boreholes.

Who will benefit?

In Dowa and Kasungu Districts, around 1/3 of boreholes are broken. For example, a bore hole in Msenga village served 1,320 people but it was vandalised and broken in 2013. The project has restored this borehole, resupplying fresh clean drinking water to the local community. Each member of the Dowa and Kasungu communities will benefit from the building and maintenance of these boreholes, as well as having long-term environmental benefits.

Ryanair's Director of Sustainability, Tom Fowler, said:

At Ryanair, we have made a conscious effort to partner only with credible, changemaking sustainability projects and our people and customers are proud to support Improved Kitchen Regimes, Malawi through our carbon offset scheme.100% of customer contributions are used towards the Ryanair Group climate projects and since Ryanair’s voluntary carbon offset scheme commenced, customers have donated over €3.5m to its environmental projects. We are delighted to be partnering with Improved Kitchen Regimes, look forward to working together in the future and are very pleased that to date, we have already generated 245,000 tonnes of carbon credits since our involvement in 2020