Carbon credits for flights claim to offset emissions. Do they work?
, 2022-11-18 00:11:23
- Climate-conscious travelers may be tempted to buy an add-on to their ticket that claims to reduce the environmental impact of their flights.
- Climate investor and author Ramez Naam has gotten his flight advice down to this: “Fly less. If you have to fly, buy offsets.”
- There are other ways to minimize the carbon your flights produce too.
For people trying to lower their carbon footprint in the world, flying is a conundrum.
It’s wonderful to visit family and see new places, but air travel is also a contributor to the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.
Commercial airplanes and large business jets make up about 10% of US transportation emissions, accounting for 3% of the nation’s total greenhouse gas production, according to the latest numbers from the Environmental Protection Agency.
So climate-conscious travelers may be tempted to buy an add-on to their ticket that claims to reduce the environmental impact of their flights. Several major U.S. airlines offer to let passengers buy these offsets through their websites. And multiple other companies and non-profits also sell carbon offsets.
What’s the would-be green traveler to do? Well, it’s complicated…
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