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Carbon offsetting

Aviation emissions are particularly detrimental to our climate as emissions released at higher altitudes have an increased global warming potential (about 50% more!). The European Union Emissions Trading System does temporarily not apply to flights to and from aerodromes in countries outside the Union that are not members of the European Free Trade Association or the European Economic Area or countries which have signed an accession treaty with the European Union.

In October 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed on a Resolution for a global market-based measure to address CO2 emissions from international aviation as of 2021. The agreed Resolution sets out the objective and key design elements of the global scheme, as well as a roadmap for the completion of the work on implementing modalities.

The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA, aims to stabilise CO2 emissions at 2020 levels by requiring airlines to offset the growth of their emissions after 2020.

Long story short: if you are flying into the EU please consider to offset your carbon emissions.

You can find the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Carbon Emissions Calculator here and calculate your flight’s Greenhouse gas emissions. Please note: There are many different aviation emission calculators. These may yield different results.

Carbonfootprint is one of many companies that offer you the possibility to offset your emissions.

Last modified:19 September 2019 12.16 p.m.