Whether it is for business or pleasure air travel may be difficult to avoid. If you have to fly be sure to offset the carbon emissions from flights. The Federal Aviation Administration states that there are 45,000 daily flights in the United States. Nearly three million passengers fly in and out of U.S. airports every day. Americans make more than 405 million long-distance business trips per year, accounting for 16% of all long-distance travel. This means that over one million people are traveling for business every day in the United States. With all of this air travel what can be done to combat the pollution created through the burning of fossil fuels?
Carbonfund.org Foundation offers a variety of air travel offsets to help fund carbon reduction projects. Our energy efficiency, forestry and renewable energy projects essentially ‘cancel’ the emissions from your flight by offsetting the damage done by burning fossil fuels. Carbonfund.org has air travel offsets ranging from 10,000 miles to 200,000 miles to meet whatever your travel needs might be. We have also partnered with Alaska Airlines and JetBlue to offer carbon offsetting options specific to those two airlines.
There are also many things you can do to reduce air travel usage which will eliminate any associated carbon emissions. Consider combining business travel with your vacations or leisure travel if possible. Consolidating your trips will reduce your overall need to travel. Longer flights have lower per-passenger emissions than shorter flights so try to avoid connections and layovers where available. Taking a train instead of flying is often a more economical and environmentally friendly travel option. When planning a trip factor in your total time traveling to and from airports, waiting in security lines, time spent stopped during a layover or waiting at the baggage carousel. You might find that it takes less time or is less of a hassle to just drive directly to your destination. If you are traveling for a business meeting or conference you might want to consider staying home and attending virtually through Zoom or another remote meeting service.
If you can’t avoid flying altogether make sure to mitigate your flying footprint through air travel offsets. If everyone pitches in we can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with air travel and help combat climate change.