Reduce Emissions from Flights
Tips to helping you reduce your travel footprint
The aviation sector currently accounts for about 2% of global emissions (approx. 915 million tCO2 in 2019) and is one of the fastest-growing sources of Greenhouse Gas emissions
- First, avoid flying if you can. Do you need to travel at all? If so, is it practical to use alternative forms of transport e.g. trains and coaches?
- If you need to fly then fly Economy Class instead of First Class or Business Class. The higher density passenger seating in Economy Class, means more people to share the total flight emissions between, resulting in lower emissions per passenger.
Comparison of emissions
Take a return trip from London to Paris as an example:
Method of travel
Amount of emissions
|Flight - Business Class||0.16 tCO2 per passenger|
|Flight - Economy Class||0.11 tCO2 per passenger|
|Car - Medium Size Petrol Car + Eurotunnel||0.16 tCO2 per car|
|Train - Eurostar||0.01 tCO2 per passenger|
- Try a staycation
- Holiday closer to home, as shorter flights cause lower emissions. e.g. a flight from London to Barcelona generates 0.35 tCO2 emissions per passenger; where as a flight to Tenerife generates 0.85 tCO2 emissions per passenger
If you really need to fly...
Do some research and choose lower emission flights where possible. Some online flight booking websites show provide efficiency information.
Offset the emissions from the flights you take to compensate for your emissions and support the development of climate change solutions around the world.
Already calculated your carbon footprint and ready to offset?