Sustainable Flying

International  travel has a role in business, culture, education and is a very significant component of some countries' economies. We all realise that...

However, international travel also comes with a hefty carbon footprint.   

The World - and specifically  airlines and aircraft manufacturers - need to accelerate their developments and roll-out of truly sustainable aviation, which is why we have announced the Freedom Flight Prize.

As users of  commercial flights, we need to make informed choices about the best airlines for us. In the table below, we summarise the performance of some of the UK's favourite airlines.

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From 2019 publicly available data, company web-sites and Annual Reports and Accounts. Virgin Atlantic data is from 2018 (2019 not available at time of compilation).
* Carbon Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation
** In our opinion clear evidence of project name, identification codes and profiles not readily available from carrier web-site   

What  to look for in a good Airline?

Of course we wan to see renewable electric planes (just imagine a fully electric A-340!) but the industry is someway off this now. Instead look for 

  • Lowest  emissions - lowest kg CO2 per passenger km 
  • Commitment to reduce the emissions  of the airline fleet
  • Use of biofuels - at least in part 
  • Public disclosure of the airlines complete carbon footprint - nothing hidden!
  • Clear policy on sustainability and delivery (not platitudes or buckets full of greenwash on web-sites) 
  • If carbon offsetting is available/being used - is it clearly traceable, quantified and internationally certified 

 

What can you do next?

Until truly sustainable flights are available, we strongly recommend that you limit your flying - consider other less carbon intensive means of travelling/doing business. When this is not possible you should  compensate for the impact that you flights have - you should only do this via fully transparent certified carbon offsetting projects

Did You Know... A European Economy Return flight Causes  between 0.3 to 1 tonne CO2 per person

A single economy flight can represent more than 10% of an average person's annual carbon footprint

You should, as a bear minimum, compensate for the damage done by offsetting these  flight emissions now. To actually give something back to the environment we suggest you double-up and offset twice the amount to actively then support projects that are improving our environment.

 

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