I want to reduce my carbon footprint and live in a more sustainable way. So, I stop using plastic bags, and I start shopping organic food and products. But what about travelling? Does it means I have to stop travelling? No! That is not even a question!
For most of us, flying is something necessary and that we can’t avoid completely. Nevertheless, that are somethings you can do, like try to flying less by choosing other transports for smaller distances or buying direct flights (take offs and landing are where airplanes use more fuel).
Carbon offsetting program is another alternative to minimize our negative impacts when flying. This is not an initiative that appeared “yesterday”, but I think some people never heard about it or doesn’t know exactly what it means. Hope I can clarify this a bit for you.
What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsets are financial contributions made to compensate the CO2 emissions made by, in this case, airplanes. The compensation is made by investing on environmental projects that focus on sustainable energy, biodiversity conservation or planting trees. This way, aircrafts’ carbon emissions can be “neutralize”.
The carbon offset can be payed by the passengers of the airline or by the airline company.
How can you contribute?
Unfortunately, not every company have the option to pay for your carbon offset. If the company has that option, when buying your flight online, somewhere to the end of the form you will find the question. If you say yes, an extra cost will be added to the final cost of your flight. This is a small amount and normally it doesn’t go over 10€. The company will invest the extra cost you are paying in projects that benefit the atmosphere in some way.
Two examples of carbon offset companies that fly to Faro airport are TAP Portugal and British Airways.
A very good news!
According to a news of the “Wired”:
“By 2021, airlines that fly internationally will have to offset any extra emissions under a UN agreement (called the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, agreed on in 2018 in Montreal, Canada) so carriers are no longer relying on individuals to tick that box. And that probably makes the whole idea more effective.”
Bottom line, off setting doesn’t end up the problem of CO2 emissions, but is can help balance the scale.
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