We all know that flying is not good for the environment and our carbon emissions. But how can we reduce our impact when we do?
Sign up for carbon offsetting
Carbon offsetting is a way to compensate for the emissions created from your activity. Whilst it does not prevent the emissions in the first place, a lot of carbon offsetting projects can do great socially motivated work in developing countries. Alternatively, choose to fly with airlines or holiday operator that actively uses carbon offsetting. This might require a bit of digging, but please check the airlines policies online.
How can I help the airplane use less fuel?
The cost of offsetting an economy flight is cheaper than a business class flight due to the additional space and waste that is less fuel efficient. Take a direct flight. The length of the flight, weight, model, the strength of winds and the number of passengers on board are three ways that affect the amount of fuel consumed and therefore the carbon impact. A direct flight is one way to reduce your impact.
If the flight is under 2 hours, traveling by train will have a smaller emissions impact.