Etihad Guest, the loyalty program of the UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways and talabat, the region’s leading food, and q-commerce delivery platform, have expanded their partnership to offer a carbon-offset option for its members until December 2023.
The original agreement was signed in September 2021 and allowed Etihad Guest members to earn and redeem miles when ordering food, groceries, and other essentials on the talabat platform in the UAE.
As part of the agreement, the project will offset each ride made by a talabat rider through Etihad Guest’s Miles on the Go program by partnering with the New Zealand-based carbon offesting company, CarbonClick.
The airline noted that the offsets will be invested in the Sichuan Household Biogas Program through CarbonClick. The project helps Chinese farmers to recycle farm waste into clean energy, which can be used for cooking, heating, or lighting instead of coal and firewood.
Further, Etihad Guest members can contribute to the overall Conscious Choices sustainability initiative that the airline recently launched. Conscious Choices has been created to support Etihad’s ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and halve its 2019 emissions by 2035.
“We are very proud of our Conscious Choices initiative and our venture with talabat through the Miles on the Go program is an example of our constant strive to find new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Ms. Kim Hardaker, Director of Loyalty and Partnerships at Etihad Airways.
“As a company, we are stepping up our efforts to contribute to a more sustainable future focusing on offsetting and reducing our carbon footprint. Therefore, the timing of this couldn’t be better, and it’s an opportunity to positively contribute to projects that create clean energy, a key driver in reducing global carbon emissions. We’re very proud to continue expanding our partnership with Etihad Airways, especially in this area, and supporting them in their carbon offsetting goals.”
Etihad Guest members can use their app to register their Visa cards and earn one mile for every $0.82 (AED 3) spent on the talabat platform using the linked card. The app will also allow members to either earn or redeem miles on the transaction.
Apart from the Conscious Choices program for individual customers, Etihad has also rolled out a corporate green loyalty program called Corporate Conscious Choices. It has been designed for organizations seeking to reduce their carbon emissions by way of initiatives such as carbon offsetting, sustainable aviation fuel investments and green surcharge fares.