Successful Arab explorer completes carbon neutral expedition

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(MENAFN Press) Egyptian explorer Omar Samra, 33, has returned to Dubai to calculate his CO2 emissions in order to offset any environmental damage caused by his successful summiting of 16,050ft Mount Vinson, Antarctica’s highest mountain.

Through a sponsorship partnership with Dubai-based Carbon Credit brokerage, Advanced Global Trading (AGT), Samra will have his team’s emissions calculated and the appropriate number of Voluntary Emissions Reduction (VER) Carbon Credits retired for the trek.

Speaking at AGT’s offices, Samra says: “It has always been a dream of mine to reach the top of the bottom of the world and I’m proud that by partnering with AGT we had this opportunity to do so while negating any impact on the environment. This expedition was planned to ensure we minimised our carbon footprint, but AGT will now offset those remaining emissions that couldn’t be reduced, in order to make the trip carbon neutral.”

The expedition began on December 25, 2011 when Samra’s team set off for Antarctica, flying to Punta Arenas, Chile, before reaching the world’s southern-most continent in a Russian war cargo plane called the Ilyushin 76, landing on a blue ice runway on Union Glacier, Antarctica, loaded with gear, food and supplies. They then trekked with sleds, dragging gear, duffel bags and food rations to Low Camp, where they acclimatised at the mountain’s base for a few days before reaching the summit after an arduous nine hour ascent.

AGT senior consultant, Peter Doyle, explained how AGT will offset the expedition’s carbon dioxide emissions: “We will now work to determine the carbon footprint of the expedition we purchase and retire the equivalent value of Carbon Credits which fund renewable energy, energy efficiency and other environmental projects – the whole process should take around two weeks.

“The carbon offset includes the significant environmental cost of transporting the team and equipment to the remote location and once we analyse the data given to us and then procure the number of Carbon Credits needed to make the whole expedition carbon neutral an official retirement certificate will be presented to the team.”

He adds: “We were inspired by Omar as an individual and his achievements to date and felt there was a lot of positive synergy. Something as spectacular as an expedition to any of the world’s seven summits is where you witness and experience firsthand the effects of global warming created by the C02 emissions generated by us all. Therefore, it felt right to get involved with something that is the core of our business, and to try and raise consciousness in what AGT does and how we’re all responsible for our C02 emissions, no matter what adventure we undertake.”

Omar Samra, 33, was the first Egyptian to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2007 and remains the youngest Arab to do so. Four years later, the Dubai-based adventurer has undertaken a personal challenge to reach the seven summits of the world. He is attempting to conquer the tallest mountain peak on every continent – as well as the North and South Poles to complete what is known as the ‘Grand Slam’. In 2008 he conquered Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Elbrus in Russia, and in April 2009 climbed Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid – the tallest mountain in Australasia. In January 2010 Samra climbed Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America and now he has conquered Mount Vinson. He next plans to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley later in 2012, before tackling the North Pole in February 2013 and the South Pole in October 2014, to join the elite group – thought to be 20 to 25 people – who have managed to complete the Grand Slam.
Samra adds: “My travels have taken me to the furthest corners of the planet where I have witnessed the environment being affected in a fast and adverse way. Glaciers are receding and icebergs are melting. The dangers are real and there is cause for alarm, but the general public is slow to catch up so AGT is a natural partner for this project as I feel we share the goal of raising awareness about the environment and effects of global warming. I think we can do a lot of great work together in shifting the way people in the region think about emissions and their own responsibility for this.

“I can’t do all of this on my own so the support of sponsors is invaluable in magnifying the level of awareness and ensuring our collective message reaches as wide an audience as possible and this has inspired me to use my own personal experiences and challenge of completing the Seven Summits and then the Grand Slam to raise awareness about the cause.”

And a number of local sponsors did step up to ensure Omar’s mission could go ahead, including platinum sponsors – Sprite Egypt, Adventure HQ and Goal Zero, who supplied the necessary solar power equipment to help ensure Omar stayed charged and connected in the most eco-friendly manner.

AGT is an industry-leader in sourcing and trading Carbon Credits to help companies and individuals offset their CO2 emissions and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change, employing over 50 traders in the UAE, UK, Switzerland, USA, South Africa and Spain.

Pictures attached of Omar Samra and AGT’s Peter Doyle at the carbon trading brokerage’s Middle East headquarters in Dubai calculating the expedition’s CO2 emissions
For interviews or more media information, please contact Ian Hainey at IHC for AGT on +971 50 466 1368,
Omar Samra’s list of achievements:
1. Everest May 2007
2. Kilimanjaro April 2008 (then four more times after this)
3. Elbrus August 2008
4. Carstenz Pyramid April 2009
5. Aconcagua February 2011
6. Mount Vinson January 2012

Carbon trading facts
• Barclays Capital has said carbon could be the world’s largest commodity market
• Carbon Credits, such as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), have risen by 23% and European Union Allowances (EUAs) by 22% respectively since January 2010
• The VER market grew by 34% in 2010 and is predicted to grow 200% by 2015
• The global carbon emission level is predicted to get stricter, which would mean fewer easy sources of Carbon Credits, creating demand and pushing up prices
• AGT only procures and sells Carbon Credits that can be verified with the Verified Carbon Standard and works only with VCS verified projects

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