Today we're getting some new panda's in Toronto. Behind the usual hyperbole of news media hype, special relations speeches, research funding and all the other trappings that surround a panda loan, there's a commitment from Fedex to ship 900KG of Bamboo three times a week, from Memphis to Toronto, for the duration of their stay.
That stuck out like a sore thumb… This is supposed to be an environmental cause, no?
Let's just take a closer look at that…
The distance from MEM to YYZ is about 1300KM. According to the SAS CO2 air freight calculator, that lands you with a 1330KG in CO2 emissions if shipped on a standard Airbus A320. Three times a week is 3,990KG in CO2. Per year, that's 207,480KG and over 5 years is a staggering 1,037,400KG of CO2 just to move their bamboo.
Now, I applaude FedEx for stepping up to the plate on this (I said only the other week that the same should be done about shipping Toronto's Elephants to California), but to offset this 1037.4 tonnes of CO2, if you purchase carbon credits, the going rate would be $51,870!
Can we not think of a more environmentally friendly way to move panda food about?