Flying guide

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As we all know, even efficient flights can quickly exceed a single person’s annual climate CO2 budget and we therefore would urge you to travel as much as possible by bus or trains. However, we are aware that for most of you, taking a train to cross a continent or swimming through an ocean is not an option. We therefore have put together a summarised guide on how to fly a bit more sustainably.

You can find a list of the best performing airlines on the report published by the NGO Atmosfair here.

The environmental performances of each airlines are divided by short (up to 800km), medium (up to 3,800 km) and long haul flight (over 3,800km) so you can directly jump to the category that concerns you.

Source: Atmosfair (2019)

However we realize that it is not always possible to choose the most environmentally friendly company, as most of the time price prevails. As a rule of thumb though, there are steps you can take no matter which company you are flying with:

Fly direct (the distance you are flying is shorter, and you only go through one taking off and landing thus using less fuel).

If you can afford to, offset your flight. We realize that offsetting is not perfect, and that the control and reduction of your emissions should be priority. However, for the emissions that cannot be avoided, supporting environmental projects is a good compromise. Be mindful of the company you choose though, and make sure the projects are certified, such as on Green Tripper or South Pole.

Prefer popular,  high capacity routes or fly at peak times as the fuller the flight is the more spread out the CO2 emissions per traveler are.

Pack light. According to Air France if everyone packed one kilogram less per flight, the company would save 69 tonnes per year! After all, no one will judge you if you wear the same t-shirt twice.

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