Why a CO2 neutral flight?
Why CO2 neutral trips?

Unfortunately nearly every form of transport emits CO2. At this time, CO2 offsetting is the only way to neutralize the climate impact of your trip.

This is a voluntary way to do something about your CO2 emissions & climate impact. There is no obligation but every little contribution helps. The climate change issue can only be solved if we all contribute now. There are many climate projects that need your help. We make sure the climate projects proposed respond to high quality standards so you are sure your contribution is going to make a change.

Climate change is a global problem and the same benefit for the planet is achieved if we reduce a ton of CO2 here or a ton of CO2 in developing countries. If you compensate your flight by making a financial contribution for a CO2 reduction project in a developing country, you will allow a CO2 reduction in this project equal to the CO2 emitted by your travel. This reduction wouldn’t happen without your support. The advantages for the planet are worth it.

A return flight for a week between Brussels & New York accounts for approx. 1,3 tCO2 e and 2,5 tons if we take the radiative forcing into account. This is, in many cases, equivalent to your annual car travel emissions. This is also equivalent to the total annual emissions of some African people over a period of… 5 years!

By 2050 with 9 billion inhabitants our « CO2 budget » will be around 1 tCO2 e per person per year. The global “carbon budget,” is the amount of carbon dioxide emissions we can emit while still having a likely chance of limiting global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

As developed countries & privileged citizens we emit high amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. ONE atmosphere we share with the Maasai in Kenya, with the Inuits from the Arctic region, with Bangladeshi, with the people living on the Kiribati, Maldives, Seychelles or Tuvalu islands. They will all suffer more than us from climate change. A climate disruption we created… is there a climate justice?

By paying a contribution to climate projects in developing countries, equivalent to the impact of your flights or trips, is a step closer to social & climate justice.

It is the service we are not obliged to give that people value most. James Cash Penney

For the offset of your flight, why compensate the emissions taking into account the radiative forcing impact?

If we want to calculate the full impact of air travel, we take into account the CO2 emissions but also other factors like contrails, the white could stripes left behind planes. They have an additional greenhouse effect. Independent science (Bilan Carbone, ADEME) estimates that RF of aviation is 2 times that of just CO2 emissions from burning kerosene.

The Carbon Neutral Company says : “A review of currently available information on the impacts of aviation on the global climate system shows clearly that these extend beyond the single effect of carbon dioxide emissions and that all the additional factors combined amount to an added warming effect. … Allowing for all the different metrics developed for aircraft impacts, it is suggested that a factor of approximately two should be applied to the carbon cost of flight to account for the overall impact of aviation.”

For the very curious

According to an article in the paper «Le Monde » in 2015, the aviation sector is responsible for 2 to 3% of the worldwide CO2 emissions– same percentage than what a country like Germany emits.

According to a study of 2007 of WMO (World Meteorological Organization) and UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme), the global tourism sector emits about 5% of global CO2 emissions. These emissions are caused by the transport, accommodation and activities of tourists. The transport represents approximately 75 percent of total emissions from tourism. Most of these emissions are the result of flights (40 percent), followed by car (32 percent) and other transport (3 percent). Although the tourism sector and the aviation sector represent a relatively small part of global CO2 emissions, the future impact may not be underestimated. 82 percent of the CO2 emissions by global recreational transport is emitted by only 15 percent of the world’s population. As a result of globalization, the average income in the future will only increase and thus also the number of flights.

This is already clearly visible by the emergence of low fare airlines in countries like China and India. In the long term (by 2050), it is therefore expected that the demand for flights will increase by 150 to 800 percent compared to 2008.

The accommodation is responsible for 21% of total CO2 emissions from the sector. The footprint of a tourist’s stay strongly depends on the accommodation type and hotel class (e.g. the water consumption of a tourist varies between 240 liter in a cheap hotel to 800 liter in a luxurious hotel) (Budeanu, 2006).

The activities on site represent the remaining 4% of a tourist’s footprint. Activities can be boat trips, renting a car, maintaining golf courses, etc.

Depending on the destination, the type of accommodation and the type of activities, the CO2 footprint of a tourist can vary between several kilograms to 9 tons of CO2 (long-haul flight and luxurious destination).
Other figures for European Union: Figures about tourism sector